This online survey of chief fire officers and chief executives looked at recruitment in the fire and rescue service. The Home Office has made increasing the diversity of the firefighter workforce a key priority, and has suggested that recruitment opportunities arising from the ageing workforce of the service will make this possible.
The purpose of this survey was to examine the extent to which chief fire officers and chief executives think this opportunity to recruit will exist in practice. The results will inform the Local Government Association's (LGA's) work around diversity and recruitment in the fire and rescue service.
The online survey was sent via email to chief fire officers and chief executives in all 45 fire and rescue services in England, and was in the field between 18 November and 19 December 2016. Responses were received from 40 fire and rescue services – a response rate of 89 per cent.
Date: December 2016
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