Inclusion and Diversity: Togetherness at LFB

Brigade staff in various roles

London is one of the most diverse cities in the world, and we believe in reflecting the people we serve.

To protect and serve the capital, we work together to celebrate and value diversity, and strive for inclusion for our staff and communities. We launched our Togetherness Strategy in 2020, setting out exactly how we will achieve this.

Togetherness is more than just a strapline. Supported by the Commissioner and led by our staff, our Togetherness Strategy sets out how we will:

  • Build a culture of belonging
  • Be inspired by difference
  • Be at the centre of London and the communities we serve
  • Deliver excellence through inclusion.

What does this mean for recruitment at LFB?

We actively encourage and welcome all applicants to LFB, regardless of age, disability, transgender status or gender identity, marriage and civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity, race, ethnicity or nationality, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

We have a zero tolerance of discrimination and a strategy in place to ensure that no candidates are treated unfairly. You can tell us if you require reasonable adjustments to provide you with equal opportunity in our recruitment processes, and our recruitment team are on hand to answer any questions you might have.

We are members of:

  • The Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI)
  • The Business Disability Forum
  • Stonewall (LGBT inclusion), and
  • The Disability Confident Scheme

These organisations provide us with support and help us to become an employer of choice for the diverse communities across London:
Disability confident committed

Stonewall diversity champion

Business Disability Forum member

ENEI - leading the change

  • I was 18 when I joined the fire brigade in 1988. I knew I didn't want to pursue the normal woman's job path, which is why I applied for the fire service.

    It was difficult at first as there weren't many women in the role, but this didn't put me off. As well as going to fires and operational incidents, my job now mainly involves managing the health and safety elements of operational firefighting, looking at how to keep our teams safe and best prepared to do their job and also liaising with the unions to ensure we are taking our staff's needs into consideration.

    It is a challenging and ever-changing job and you have to be a team player, but even after 25 years I can easily say that being a firefighter has met all my expectations and I still absolutely love it.

    Station Manager, Victoria Metz

  • I always knew I was definitely going to apply as soon as the fire brigade recruited and regardless of what job I was doing, I was going to let it go. I used to watch the firefighters train and I'd always visit my local station, where I'd tell them 'I want to be a firefighter one day'. I know it's a cliché, but I always watched London's Burning and being based here now at Dockhead Fire Station, which is where they filmed the show, is a dream come true.

    My brother is a police officer and my sister is a nurse. We've always had that desire to help the public and that has probably stemmed from my parents. We’ve always been people who go out and help people and I guess we want to continue that legacy of doing what we can do to help people and serve the community.

    Firefighter, Emmanuel Williams