The report, submitted to the Avon Fire Authority in August 2021, highlights that women working for AF&RS now earn an average of 1p more per hour than their male colleagues. The report recognises the strides that AF&RS have made to not only increase female representation across the Service but also dedication to prioritising equality and inclusion at all levels.

Chair of the Avon Fire Authority Brenda Massey and Chief Fire Officer Mick Crennell recognise the importance of this change. They said: “We are encouraged to see that AF&RS has a gender pay gap which has reduced from last year and remains lower than the current national average of 7.4%.

“We do however recognise that we have much more to do in order to ensure our organisation is truly inclusive for women. The Services ongoing efforts to improve internal culture and equal opportunities are key in progressing towards full gender pay parity.”

In May 2021, AF&RS ran its second Culture Survey which provides a snapshot of evolving and improving internal culture over the past two years. Such surveys are an important part of AF&RS’s commitment to its Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesion and Equality (DICE) which is under review and will be published in 2022.

Chair of the Avon Fire Authority Brenda Massey added: “Avon Fire Authority is committed to developing a culture which puts diversity, inclusion, cohesion and equality at the heart of all our work. Gender equality and ensuring people are paid fairly for the work they do is a key aspect of this.”

AF&RS remain committed to continuously improving gender equality within our workforce, alongside living by our Service values and fulfilling our Public Sector Equality Duties (PSED).