The Fire & Emergency Group was established in 2017, in partnership with the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC).
The Group includes organisations located throughout metropolitan, rural and regional communities across Australia and New Zealand, and includes 30 Members who lead some 180,000 employees and volunteers. Members are focused on advancing gender equality, women in leadership and professional, respectful and inclusive workplaces within and across the fire and emergency sector.
Champions of Change Fire and Emergency has identified seven priority areas for action. A particular priority is building the representation of women in frontline service delivery positions which can serve as a critical pathway to leadership positions in the sector. Underpinning these priorities is a need to clearly articulate the “case for change” on gender equality in the sector beyond “it’s the right thing to do”. In 2020 the Group developed and released an evidence-based report presenting the value and benefit of diversity and inclusion and the supporting views of leaders involved across Member organisations.