Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service believes that everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or transgender (LGBT), should have the right to be treated fairly and with respect.

However, LFRS recognises that every day, across the globe, sexual orientation or gender identity can lead to abuse in the form of discrimination, violence, bullying and harassment. LFRS is working to ensure that the workplace is an enjoyable environment for all employees and those that come into contact with our services.

Sexual Orientation Profile of the Workforce

The proportion of staff declaring their sexual orientation as Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) across the workforce is 2.4%. In operational roles (including Control staff) it stands at 2.9% and 0.8% in support staff roles.

Sexual Orientation Profile of Employees
Staff Group Bisexual Gay/Lesbian Heterosexual Not Stated
Operational 10 6 439 96
Control 0 0 20 6
Operational 0 1 99 23
Total 10 7 558 125

In the last four years there has been a 100% increase in the proportion of staff declaring their sexual orientation as LGB. In 2015 the proportion of LGB staff 1.2%. The Service has also seen significant gains over the same period in the proportion of staff declaring their sexual orientation. The declaration rates for sexual orientation stands at 81.1%.  The success can be attributed to the positive work undertaken through specific equality initiatives to improve staff declaration rates.

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Service LGBT Network – shOUT!

The Service’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transexual (LGBT) shOUT! Network consists of both operational and support staff, who want to contribute to the Service’s ambition of making Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service an organisation that is free from discrimination, victimisation, bullying and harassment because of an individual’s sexual orientation. The shOUT! Network meets regularly to assist in shaping the delivery of equality initiatives specific to LGBT people. The Network is also looking at developing roles for dedicated Network members who can offer support, mentoring and coaching to members of staff who may require support in different aspects of life in the workplace. If you want to be part of the network or want to talk to one of the members about sexual orientation and workplace equality, please email shOUTLGBT@lfrs.org. We encourage wider participation on the network from all staff regardless of whether they identify as LGBT.

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Leicestershire Emergency Services LGBT Network – 999 Network

The Service is also part of a county based emergency services 999 Network which brings together the work and good practice of our shOUT! Network, the Police LGBT Network and EMAS LGBT Network.

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National Fire and Rescue Service LGBT Network – QUILTBAG

The Service is a founder member of the newly formed national Fire and Rescue Service LGBT Network, QUILTBAG.

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