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Use our cultural expertise to understand, improve and change your workplace culture. Specialists in masculine workplaces. Research, training and consultancy in all masculine workplaces including police and fire service with a particular emphasis on formal and informal cultures, modernisation, entreprenerial thinking, change management, resistance, racism, sexism and equality. Women fire fighters, women in the fire service police, policing and equality in the police and fire service - the fitting-in website where academia and the fire service can meet to discuss fire service culture and other matters- a resource for research and consultancy for the fire and rescue service and firefighters and police and policing- Organised by Dr Dave Baigent this site provides a place to share and publish your own research, to look at what others have written about the fire and police service and to ask about our commercial offerings.
Academics are not the experts, managers are the experts but what fitting-in can do is to help managers to use their expertise.
Theory without practice is a waste - Practice without theory may just be dumb!
Congratulations to Dr Sarah O'Connor. Sarah's PhD on fire service management is now complete - this is a unique piece of work that is evidence based and has much to add to the debate about modern fire service management.
We note that the Thomas Review speaks about 'innocent bias' in relation to equality. Although we didn't use that term, our work in Sweden was all about raising and identifying this behaviour in a programme we led with the whole of the workforce in Räddningstjänsten Syd.
Our programme was called 'Stopping the drip.'
In simple terms, 'Stopping the Drip was a very hands on and interactive awareness training based around questions about 'are you conscious of how your behaviour impacts on others?' . This was followed by working with the group to promote ways that people could speak out to challenge their colleagues in an appropriate manner.
Our catchphrase for challenging this type of behaviour was and remains 'what you don't condemn you condon'.
In many ways 'innocent bias' is almost a sequel to the idea of 'institutional behaviour' raised following the Lawrence Enquiry. At that time the fire service followed a lead by Her Majesty's Inspector that suggested it was institutionally sexist, and adopted an approach to overcome sexism by an 'acceptence' that sexist behaviour was less about the individual and more about how the institution set the tone for the behaviour of its workforce. One outcome was the attempt to demiliatrise the fire service as part of an attempt to loose its masculine image. We are currently constructing a paper so as to describe how this affected the organisation of the fire service through to the current day.
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The team at Fitting-in have extensive knowledge of working in and with the fire service, other industries and in academia.
The fitting-in team
Principally the team consists of Dr Dave Baigent (Phd, BA Hons, FHEA and FIFireE) and Dr Sarah O’Connor (PhD CertEd, BA Hons FDA). However, we are often assisted by an extensive network of people who have expertise in the fire service, wider industry and in academia. CV's