The city of Leicester is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the United Kingdom and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service are proud to be a part of a community that is rich in ethnicity and cultural diversity.

However, the Service recognises that every day, across the globe, ethnicity (or race) can influence how a person is treated and can often lead to abuse in the form of discrimination, violence, bullying and harassment. Due to this, the Service is working to ensure that the workplace is an enjoyable environment for all employees and those that come into contact with our Service.

Supporting People with Specific Needs

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service offers support not only to meet the needs of its employees, but also individuals within our communities with specific language and cultural needs. This is provided through a dedicated team of Community Safety Educators with specific language and cultural skills. These include:

  • British Sign Language
  • Punjabi
  • Urda
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Cantonese
  • Haika

The Service will also consider individual requests for information in braille, large print and other formats. Please submit your requests through our Information Management team by emailing

Ethnicity and the Workforce

Race Profile of the Workforce
  White British or Irish Any Other White Mixed Asian or Asian British Black or Black British Chinese Any Other Ethnic Background Not Stated
Operational 535 12 4 6 3 0 0 32
Support 105 1 3 5 1 1 1 5
Totals 640 13 7 11 4 1 1 37

The White British category accounts for 89.6% of staff across the Service and this remains disproportionately high when compared to the local ethnic demographics. The other combined ethnic backgrounds (excluding “Not Stated”) account for 5.2% which is a slight decrease from 5.4% when compared to the previous year. 5.2% (37) of all staff have not stated their ethnic background.

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