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"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."
The final conference in Sweden on Fire Station for all Project has taken place. This included a series of workshops and discussions that indicate equality for women is now entrenched in the Swedish Fire Service. This has been a really important step forward for Sweden and Fire Chiefs and their staff now have a much clearer insight into what a gender equal workplace looks like.
Preparing to return to Sweden for the final conference on the exciting Fire Station for all Project to encourage the employment of women as firefighters (or Brandmen as the Swedish people call them).
My involvement with the Swedish Government since 2009 led to the concept of a fire station for all and a report that started this project. I have been involved in all the conferences and in delivering the training programme for the whole Malmo fire service.
As the project ends this week in Malmo I will be contributing over the two days to the conference and a fuller report will be produced here.
We have carried out a series of workshops at the MSB conferences on equality in Stockholm and Malmo over 5 years to explain our methodology for change.
Fitting-in has delivered a series of six workshops with Rescue South on their 'Fire Station for All' project - The last one was in November and we have spoken with almost all RSD employees. This work builds on the workshops and research that we did with RSYD in 2012.
This amazing five year project has been funded by the Swedish Government to seek out the best ways to integrate women into the fire service and will feature in our chapter in the GRO book on equality in the emergency services
Reference from Per Widlundh, Chief Fire Officer, Region South Fire and Rescue Service
Just back from Syd Fire and Rescue (RäddningstjänstenSyd) and in particular Lund fire station where the 'fire station for all' ("En brandstation för alla") project is one year old. An amazing start to a three year project to manage equality and the employment of women firefighters - or as they call them 'brandmän'. Spoke at their conference and at a seven venues across Sweden including Malmo and Karlstad fire stations, SMO and MSB.
Now constructing a paper for 'Fire' to document the important work at the fire station for all
Working with Gender, Rescue Service and Organisation" in association with Linköping University and the Swedish Fire Service (2010-14)
"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.
For his work in Sweden Dave was awareded Fellowship status at Karlstad University, Swede.
There is also an extensive portfolio of papers presented to national and international academic and fire service conferences. Much of our research has been as the result of industry led commissions, some of this has been published and much of it remains confidential.
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We are out of the ivory tower and using our developing perspective on fire service culture, leadership, management and change management, education, research and training (gained in moving the 360 degrees from firefighter to academic and now back again to practitioners).
Fitting-in offers an extensive research, educational and training portfolio, snapshot audits and elite-briefing led workshops each designed to act as levers for change?