Fitting-in

Academics are not the experts, managers are the experts but what fitting-in can do is to help managers to use their expertise.

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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."

 

 

LATEST FROM SWEDEN

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.

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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.

How the work in Sweden started in 2009

Swedish Government's 'Programme for Action' Report

Brand Conference 2010

Gender and Emergency Services Project 2010-2014 at Karlstad University

"En brandstation för all" 2012 (a fire station for all) at Räddningstjänsten Syd - see photos

 

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.

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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?