Stonewall Top 100 success for fire service

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service has been recognised for being the top emergency service for the fifth year, top performing North West employer of the year, top staff network employer and top trans employer in the recent Stonewall Top 100 list.
The Top 100 is the UK’s definitive list ranking employers from across public, private and third sectors on how LGBT inclusive their workplaces are.
At the event, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service came third in the top 100 and Chief Fire Officer Mark Cashin was named North West senior champion of the year. 
He said: “Over the past 10 years, we have worked hard to create a workplace where LGBT colleagues feel safe and able to reach their full potential. As a result, we are attracting more LGBT people into the service than ever before and our latest staff survey showed that LGBT colleagues are among the happiest and most engaged in the organisation.
“A diverse workforce makes us better able to understand the needs of our increasingly diverse communities. For that reason, our focus this year has been on promoting the importance of LGBT inclusion in the way we provide our services.”
He added: “We are delighted that Stonewall has recognised this work and proud to have retained our position in the Top 100 Employers list. It is hugely important to us that we remain visible champions for LGBT inclusion.
“I am also humbled to have been recognised as senior champion of the year as I am passionate about equality within the workforce and I thank everyone at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service who all share my belief that everyone should be able to be themselves at work.”
This year’s Top 100 was the most competitive ever, with 503 employers vying for a coveted spot.
Stonewall research shows that one in seven LGBT employees (14%) don’t feel able to be themselves at work and almost one in five LGBT people (18%) have experienced discrimination when applying for jobs because of their identity.