London Fire Brigade

Diversity in the workplace

London is one of the most diverse cities in the world and we want our workforce to reflect this diversity. We want people from all backgrounds who can do the job, regardless of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, faith or religion and age. This brings with it a responsibility to treat each other with fairness and respect.

Open days

We are actively encouraging more women and people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities to think about firefighting as a career and hold targeted open days at designated weekends throughout the year. These one day events give potential women and BME trainee firefighters the opportunity to explore the role, find out more information about the selection process and meet existing firefighters and staff from our recruitment team. Note: application forms are not given out at the open days.

If you’d like to attend, please email dawne.stephenson@london-fire.gov.uk with your full name, address and any contact numbers.

Work experience

Work experience placements in the Brigade can occasionally be offered to those aged 15 to 19 and in education. Placements are very limited and are not expected to exceed more than two weeks. Applications will not be accepted from students who propose to undertake a placement before the age of 15, or who have not reached year 10 as a minimum.

Please be aware that placements will not normally involve exposure to a fire station or operational work. It will take place in an office environment like in the local area teams, finance, equalities, health and safety or human resources.

To register an interest in undertaking a work experience placement please contract our Recruitment team for the work experience enquiry form. This form will be forwarded to the local area team and you will be contacted by the area team if a placement is available.

Diverse experiences

Diverse experiences gives personal accounts from staff of different cultures, groups, and those who have attended our open days.

We are committed to providing a fair, safe and harmonious working environment for all our staff, regardless of their sexual orientation. We are always striving to maintain and improve our services to ensure that we continue to be at the forefront of best practice.

For more information, visit the Diverse experiences page.

Two Ticks

Two Ticks logo

LFB is a member of the Employers Forum on Disability and a Two Ticks symbol user. We:

  • have a commitment to interview all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum selection criteria.
  • ensure that staff who become disabled are able to stay in work where possible and discuss development issues with disabled staff on a regular basis.
  • provide disability awareness training for all staff to ensure that we all understand our commitment.

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