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FIRE Congress

Changing the Face of the Fire and Rescue Service

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Date: 24 May 2018

In partnership with AFSA:

AFSA 

Venue: The Caledonian Club, London

Sponsored by Babcock:

Babcock

 

In 2016, the then Home Secretary Theresa May criticised the UK Fire and Rescue Services of being 96% white and 95% male. Since then, attempts have been made to increase equality and diversity, predominantly by focusing on fairness for legally protected groups and recruitment of under-represented groups. Some progress has been made: for example, there are now six female Chief Fire Officers for the very first time, representing the progress that has allowed women to hold the highest positions. However, there is still much to do.

At FIRE magazine, we champion diversity and equality within the fire service. We proudly support London Fire Brigade’s #firefightingsexism campaign; at our annual Excellence in Fire and Emergency Awards we recognise both influential women and influential BAME individuals and we have now partnered with the Asian Fire Service Association to bring you a Congress on Changing the Face of the Fire and Rescue Service.

We believe that this Congress will help us move the discussion beyond compliance with the law to a more inclusion focused agenda, in order to permanently transform the fire and rescue service for the better.

The Congress on Changing the Face of the Fire and Rescue Service will focus on four key themes.

  • Recruit differently
  • Manage differently
  • Promote differently
  • Collaborate differently

By looking at these processes and actions in a different way, a more equal and diverse workforce can be created, one which encourages inclusivity in order to build a more sustainable fire and rescue service.

Programme


09:00-09:45 Registration & Networking

09:45-10:00

 

Welcome & Setting the context: Introduction to Congress and Commitment to Inclusion

10:00- 10:30

 

Plenary Session OneMoving the Agenda from Compliance to Inclusion & the Diversity of Thought Dividend, Janet Wildman, NHS England

10:30-11:15

 

The Fire and Rescue Service - Stepping Up to the Challenge the Smoke and Mirrors Report, Diane Dunlevey, AFSA Vice Chair & Jagtar Singh, National Advisor, AFSA

11:15-11:45

 

Break & Networking

11:45-12:15

 

Delivering diversity & Inclusion across London, Jane Philpott, Deputy Assistant Commissioner 

12:15-12:45

 

Congress Panel 1: Are fire Service leaders capable of leading and managing the equality, diversity and Inclusion agenda at a multi-dimensional level – in terms of culture, leadership and within the context of fire service reform?”

 

 

Chair of Panel: Dawn Whittaker, Chief Fire Officer, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service 

 

  • Diane Dunlevey, AFSA Vice Chair
  • Jagtar Singh, National Advisor, AFSA
  • Jane Philpott, Deputy Assistant Commissioner
  • Tim Jackson, Director, Fire Service College
  • Wayne Roe, West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service
  • Divya Patel, London Fire Brigade
  • Preith Shergill, West Midlands Fire Service
 12:45-13:45

 Lunch & Networking

13:45-14:10

 

Investing in Ethnicity & Race Maturity Matrix, Melissa Berry

14:10-14:35

 

Recruiting, developing and promoting Differently through Positive Action, Andrew Rowlands, Capsticks Solicitors  

14:35-15:00

 

Gender Pay Gap – What Next? Samantha Allen, Chair. Health and Care Women Leaders Network, NHS Confederation.

15:00-15:45

 

Congress Panel 2: ‘Let’s talk Gender Pay Gap and Positive Action within Blue Light Services’

 

 

 

Chair of Panel: Jagtar Singh, National Advisor, AFSA

 

  • Tola Munro, Black Police Association (BPA)
  • Dennis Moss, Paramedic, Welsh Ambulance Service
  • Paul Illman, Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service
  • Angela Connelly, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Kim Nurse West Midlands Ambulance Service Foundation Trust
  • Wayne Roe, West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service
  • Nicky Thurston East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service
15:45-16:15

 

 

‘Diversity for diversity’s sake or diversity as a business strategy’, Dawn Whittaker, Chief Fire Officer, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

16:15-16:30

 

 

Closing Remarks & Summary, Andrew Lynch, FIRE Editor

 


Tickets

We offer 20% off tickets for subscribers to FIRE magazine.

 

Subscribers:

 

Fire service/local government/public sector- £172+VAT
Private sector- £212+VAT

 

 

Non-subscribers:

 

Fire service/local government/public sector- £215+VAT
Private sector- £265+VAT

 

 

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