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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!


"One Decade On"

Initial summary available here

Summary of data on the harassment of women firefighters

Ten years ago I carried out one of the first surveys of women firefighters in the UK. This survey provided data for “Who Rings the Bell” a report that set a benchmark on the fire service’s reaction to women who became firefighters.

Since that time I have worked to improve the fire service’s understanding of the difficulties women face as firefighters. My work has included the influential audit of informal cultures operating in the fire service "One more working class hero” and a national audit of initial training that produces a profile for how training may incorperate new firefighters without enculturating them "Sunrise: a new dawn on training.”

Now, one decade on, I am again carrying out a survey of women firefighters. I will then compare the findings with my earlier research and produce a report that sets a further benchmark for women in the fire service.

The data for this research has now been collected and coded into SPSS and NVivo.

See below for current releases on this research

If you would like to receive an email when their is a new release of data please contact dave.baigent@fitting-in.com


Copies of the questionnaire are available here


Ethics statement available here

Data releases

Initial summary available here

Early release of data on shift system available here

Fire Article on shift system available here

If you have any work that you would like to publish on this site, then do not hesitate to contact us on dave.baigent@fitting-in.com





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Labour Government's Equality and Diversity Strategy
One Decade On - Survey on women firefighters
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Some things from Australia on equality
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Have you seen Ethos?
Audit Commission on equality
How do I send my writing to fitting-in for publication
What does fitting-in publish
How do I do research - some basic tips
Writing a bibliography
Reports from Government
Diversity Strategy
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Synopsis of papers on Open Government

References: See what The Swedish Fire Service, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, Merseyside Fire and Rescue, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Fire Services, Swedish MSB and Tom Carroll (Past president of CFOA ) and others have said.

Fitting-in can provide a cultural audit that not only feeds back on attitudes in your service it also provides an outside view on how your organisation is thinking at all levels that is supported by recommendations for focussing change.This is what Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service had to say about the Ethos research, communications and training project:

"The Service are delighted with the research and reports produced by "Fitting-in. We believe that your original hypothesis and work undertaken in Merseyside has resulted in a ground breaking piece of work that can only serve to inform the wider fire and rescue communities." 

For further information or just to talk about what fitting-in can provide ring Dr Dave Baigent (FIFireE) 07802 495 329 or email

Academic theory without practice is a waste - practice without theory may just be dumb

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