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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!
In April 2009 Sarah and I were invited to speak to Chief Fire Officers and the Swedish Civil Contingency Agency (MSB) about equality for women firefighters - we were asked to tell it as we saw it and we did!
The two day event was a major success and we wish all the participants success in their attempts to increase the amount of women who are firefighters in the Swedish Fire Service. They have a long way to go (Stockholm at the time had no women firefighters) but they are keen to address this.
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See the powerpoint - "Why is equality and diversity in the fire service so difficult to achieve"
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This is what the MSB said about our help
"Fitting-in with their unique insight into real world fire service culture and a firm theoretical base in academia provided the MSB (The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency) with invaluable expert advice and assistance in developing a national action plan targeted at increasing equality and diversity in the Swedish fire service."
This successful event was followed by a national conference on equality and the employment of women in the fire service. Brand 2010 was an extremely well attended event and Sarah and I provided a keynote speech and did three back to back workshops on the topic of employing women as firefighters.
Subsequently the Swedish Government have produced a programme for action
Notably this programme has established the concept of a fire station for all at Lund, RäddningstjänstenSyd
This project grows in strenght and Sarah and I continue to be involved