Eye-catching van spreads positive messages
Equalities Van

19 May 2010

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service is spreading the word about its commitment to equality and diversity in an eye-catching new van, pictured above.

The specially sign-written Vauxhall Vivaro cost £13,500 and was paid for out of part of a £70,000 government grant secured by Equalities and Cohesion Manager Shaz Choudhry. It made its debut at Saturday’s open day at Buckingham Fire Station.

Shaz said: “The intention is that our staff will use the van to promote safety messages and equality and diversity messages at various community events across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes, including open days and recruitment events.

“We are also keen to hear from members of the public and local community groups who would like it to attend their events.”

If you would like to book the van, ring Shaz on 01296 744625 or send an email to equalities@bucksfire.gov.uk

The National Equality and Diversity Strategy encourages organisations such as Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service to strive for more rapid improvement in the diversity of their workforces by committing to achieving higher recruitment targets.

The grant payment reflects Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s commitment to increasing the percentage of its firefighters who are women.

Shaz said: “We are justifiably proud of our role within the community and the achievements we have made in recent years.

“While our primary objective is to ensure that everyone within the area we serve, and those who visit or travel through it, are safe, we must continue to work with others to maintain and improve our performance. To do that effectively we must understand the needs of all of our residents.”