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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.

See the programme

See the powerpoint - "Why is equality and diversity in the fire service so difficult to achieve"

Ask for more information on Swedish Fire Service

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 station will have a good gender balance, visible diversity and a working environment free from harassment and discrimination. This example will inspire other municipalities to take measures to achieve the same thing.

This example is taken from Dr David Baigent, who participated in the working group meeting in Stockholm, and it is based on experience from equality and diversity work in the rescue services in the United Kingdom. The basic premise is that it is more or less impossible to change all municipal rescue services at once. Initiatives that are too sparse and too widely spread can actually make this work more difficult. Instead, it’s better to invest in selected locations, in order to achieve good representation of women and minority groups there. All the energy of equality and diversity work is invested in this or these stations. This or these stations are also are also closely monitored in order to assess the results of this investment. In this way, the project can ‘test the water’, and measures to increase equality and diversity can be evaluated, while also creating a good example that can be used in changing people’s perceptions of who can be firefighters.
Possible activities include extensive staff training, support for renovation of premises, contributions to equipment purchasing, and coaching of managers."

This project grows in strenght and Sarah and I continue to be involved


Home -- 'A fire station for all' and other Swedish Work
Recent index of contributions on fire service matter -- Older index of contributions
Workshops on fire service culture and equality -- Educational Workshops -- Consultancy
Elite briefing/workshops --- Academic Reference Point -- Are you big enough to stand a snapshot cultural audit from fitting-in -- Cultural Audits ---- Audit Commission Report   'Rising to the Challenge' -- Snapshot Audits -- Research -- Problem solving by  fitting-in -- Support for degrees and masters qualifications -- Work completed over the years -- Impact AssessmentsEquality Action Plan
Labour Government's Equality and Diversity Strategy
One Decade On - Survey on women firefighters
C&LG firefighters survey 08
Draft papers for reading
Main Index
Contact us
Some things from Australia on equality
Melbourne DiversityConference
CV & References
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
Contact us
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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