Specialists in bespoke training and research
Use our cultural expertise to understand, improve and change your workplace culture. Specialists in masculine workplaces. Research, training and consultancy in all masculine workplaces including police and fire service with a particular emphasis on formal and informal cultures, modernisation, entreprenerial thinking, change management, resistance, racism, sexism and equality. Women fire fighters, women in the fire service police, policing and equality in the police and fire service - the fitting-in website where academia and the fire service can meet to discuss fire service culture and other matters- a resource for research and consultancy for the fire and rescue service and firefighters and police and policing- Organised by Dr Dave Baigent this site provides a place to share and publish your own research, to look at what others have written about the fire and police service and to ask about our commercial offerings.
Academics are not the experts, managers are the experts but what fitting-in can do is to help managers to use their expertise.
Theory without practice is a waste - Practice without theory may just be dumb!
Could your service stand a Snapshot Cultural Audit? For as little as £3,000 you get a pre-meeting with strategic managers to establish the area to be researched, three days of research by two researchers who report back immediately to strategic managers. The discussions then feed into the written report (available within 7 days). Contact us for more details.
We offer our expertise in understanding workplace cultures (particularly male workplaces). Specialising in research for all types of industries: our aim is to help managers to use their expertise by gaining improved understanding of their workplace culture.
Have you paid for an attitude survey and wondered what you paid for?
Fitting-in can provide a cultural audit that follows your brief - it also provides an outside view on how your organisation is thinking at all levels with recommendations. These close to the ground audits can be completed quickly and efficiently; report back is instant and followed by a written report..
Fitting-in has a considerable understanding about fire service culture and we provide a research, consultancy and training service to work alongside the experts – those leaders of the fire and rescue service who were chosen for their decision-making skills.
In support of workplace improvement Fitting-in freely publishes a range of articles on the fire and rescue services and some related workplaces. If you have written something that is suitable then send it to us for other researchers to read.
If you are researching on the fire service, particularly for a formal qualification, then look at our library and ask us for help if you want it. This service is totally free and given because we wish to support people who are studying the fire service and develop the academic literature base for the fire service.
LGA: 'Fire and Rescue Services: Going the extra mile' (2011). Presented to the LGA Annual Conference 20011 the LGA commissioned fitting-in report that provides an audit of national responses to government austerity measures:
Bespoke equality training (2010-11) to one service to understand and overcome a local difficulty
South Yorkshire: Perceptions. Our 2010 cultural audit for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service looked at how managers can improve relations with the workforce. This is what CFO Mark Smitherman had to say about our work
LGA Equality Network: We have also presented to the on our analysis of how 'Localism' would influence the equality agenda. The presentation, including the feedback from the interactive session, are available on the LGA website - we are available to carry out similar work in your service.
The Chair of the network Cllr Brenda Forster said:
A series of cultural audits on retained and wholetime duty systems in one service (2010-11). These reports remain confidential
LGA Annual Conference 2010 - Fitting-in Presentation on fire service culture
The concept of the snapshot cultural audit was originally developed for the MFRS -- so if you are thinking about making change or interested in looking at an old problem from a new point of view then perhaps we can provide research based assistance or a solution - contact us for an immediate response
If anyone wants to follow up on this or would like to talk about how we can provide you with a similar package with outcomes then do not hesitate to get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave's original Thesis: One more last working class hero
Working with the Swedish Fire Service (2010-14) and the "Gender, Rescue Service and Organisation" group at Linköping University in developing understanding of equality issues.
Working with Swedish Chief Officers and the Civil Contigencies agency April 2009 and May 2010 (Brand2010 powerpoint)
We were also instrumental in helping to develop and deliver the Programme for action - particularly the notion of a fire station for everyone the strategy for Sweden's policy on equality until 2014
The Swedish equivalent to the DCLG, the MSB have said:
'Rising to the Challenge': - Can we discuss with you how fitting-in may be able to help you with the points raised by the Audit Commission's report?
Merseyside Fire and Rescue
Elite Workshops:- are stand alone one day packages for senior managers and authority members on a whole raft of areas.
Looking for agreement on budget cuts?: - The new government are going to cut the service further:
References: see what South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, Merseyside Fire and Rescue, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Fire Services, Swedish Fire Service and Tom Carroll (Past president of CFOA ) and others have said.