Brampton fire department wins national award for equity, diversity and inclusion

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Published September 15, 2021 at 3:20 pm

The Brampton fire department has been recognized by a national organization for its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.

The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) presented the award to Brampton Fire and Emergency Services in recognition of being an industry leader to ensure fire services across the country reflect that of Canada’s diverse population.

“Brampton is a Mosaic, and it’s important we celebrate its diversity and foster inclusivity by more effectively engaging and communicating with all groups,” said Brampton mayor Patrick Brown. “I am proud of the work being done by BFES to connect with Brampton’s community and establish plans for long-term growth and development.”

Championed by Chief Bill Boyes, and led by Division Chief Ravjot Chhatwal, BFES created a strategic action plan to support enhancements to diversity, equity and inclusion within the department through:

Consultation with multiple community stakeholders, community organizations, non-profits, cultural and faith-based organizations,

Increasing cultural awareness and understanding within the BFES team through a series of training opportunities,

Developing a recruitment strategy that breaks down traditional barriers and works to support diversity, equity and inclusion by connecting with key communities to enhance the workforce and make it more reflective of Brampton.

The enhancement of diversity, equity and inclusion within BFES is a key priority and area of focus in the city council-endorsed 2021-2025 Fire Master Plan.

This plan identifies two main areas of focus – the need to educate and raise awareness within the existing workforce, and the implementation of innovative recruitment tactics and multicultural community engagement to build a diverse, inclusive and equitable fire service.

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