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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!




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 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 conference on equality in Stockholm 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


Setting up the presentation that involves a focus on speaking out, or as R SYD now understand it 'Zero Tolerance'.

Their equality plan requires all staff to speak out if they witness any harassment or bullying!

Introducing the fitting-in toolbox to 40 watch managers and firefighters (brandmen).


The strategic management team working on a plan to deal with harassment.


Working with Syd Fire and Rescue and the fire station for all project April 2012

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)



Working with Swedish Chief Officers and the Civil Contigencies agency

Brand May 2010 (powerpoint) Sweden's Annual 'Fire' Conference was put over entirely to equality issues. Fitting-in provided a keynote speech and held three back to back seminars on equality.


April 2009

We were also instrumental in helping to develop and deliver the Programme for action - particularly the notion of a fire station for everyone the strategy for Sweden's policy on equality until 2014

The Swedish equivalent to the DCLG, the MSB have said:

"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.

Want to more more about Sweden?


No longer long on rhetoric and short on answers, fitting-in are now there to assist the leaders of the Fire and Rescue Service in providing answers.
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?



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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