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!

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A list of some of our research, educational, communication, teambuilding and training packages - if it is not here we can design and deliver customised programmes at no extra cost

Snapshot Audits: a new way of finding answers, testing ideas or revisiting an old difficulty - the team visit for three days and provide answer to your question

• Flexible short sharp package aimed at producing results
• A real hands-on package aimed at results and transformation
• Advice that can be strategically and systematically evidenced
• Immediate report back and followed by a written report
• Academic led, and rigorously produced in a fire service context
• Research based 
• A transparent and auditable product
Equality Action Planning
Impact Assessments
Workshop One: Research guided workshop on women firefighters -
This workshop will start with an introduction to the results of my recent research with over 237 women in the fire service ‘One decade on’ and the latest C&LG research and publications. Add to this evidence, a direct input on fire service culture and some clear advice on the way forward, and this provides a framework for workshop that, by the end of the day, will really help you to understand fire service culture and improve your equality stategy. The Programme‘
Workshop Two: Leading cultural change – understanding the firefighter -
A new approach for leaders to understand firefighters’ reaction to change. This involves an intense one or two day delivery on fire service culture/s alongside a challenging re-reading of management theory to promote transformational change that meet the needs of the individual, the informal culture and managers. The Programme
Workshop Three: Training for the future -
This workshop is for trainers and leaders who want to bring their initial training in line with current thinking: training for the firefighter of the future not the past.
Working from the findings of the year long 'Sunrise' national research project on initial training (and the conference that followed).
This workshop is a must for those fire services seeking to avoid the finding from the Sunrise report that suggested “If you bully someone in training, set impossible goals, and teach facts rather than understanding, then it is likely that, as they mature as firefighters, trainees will fit-in with bullies at the station, challenge organisational goals, and resist IPDS and CFS.”
Workshop Four: Understanding the culture
This workshop is for everyone in the fire and rescue service who needs a briefing on the complicated intereation of fire service cultures. The whole workshop is research lead and sets out to improve understanding of how informal and formal cultures operate alongside each other - sometimes paralleling beliefs and at other times operating in antagonistic relations.
Workshop Five:Looking at ways of meeting budget cuts
It now looks as if FRS budgets from central government will be cut by around 10% over the next three years. Whilst you will no doubt be planning for such an outcome we have something to offer. We will individually interview your strategic thinkers about where they believe ‘cuts’ can occur. Then we will then facilitate a workshop based around their ideas and with a view to gaining a consensus on the way forward.
Snapshot Audits: are a new way of finding answers, testing ideas or revisiting an old difficulty
Elite briefing led workshops: A series of stand alone elite-briefing led workshops to assist decision makers find some 'answers' on a range of topics including
Educational Workshops for staff who are taking formal educational qualifications
Why can I help?
I am passionate about helping the Fire and Rescue Service to make a difference. I am a Fellow of FireE with over 30 year’s operational experience of the fire service, supported by 14 years teaching and researching in academia. My PhD on fire service culture provided the basis for me to write, validate and lead the delivery of the first Public Service Degree in the UK; and to establish the first university social science research unit working directly with the fire service. Following a very successful inspection of the degree by the QAA (the government auditing body for HE) and following Steve McGuirk's challenge, I have negotiated a reduciton of my role with Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
This means that whilst I shall still lecture and research at Anglia Ruskin, I am in effect actioning my response to Steve. Rather than deliver my research at arm’s length, I am now offering to leave the ivory tower to bring academic debates and my real insight into fire service culture/s in a series of hands-on focused workshops.

• Flexible short sharp package aimed at producing results
• Following a proven academic path of intense delivery and focussed debate
• A real hands-on educational package aimed at results and transformation
• Advice that can be strategically and systematically evidenced
• Offers a day-out for management teams to think strategically
• Academic led, and rigorously produced in a fire service context
• Research based
• A transparent and auditable product
The objective – to seek informed answers to the thorny questions that managers’ face on the ground
Your organisation also benefits from the added value of putting your top teams together in a in a supportive environment aimed at achieving outcomes
Sarah O’Connor, researcher and lecturer, will assist me in facilitating focussed input and debate.
The agenda is yours; when can I come and talk to you about how my ideas may fit-in with yours?
Ring on 07802 495 329 or email
Dr Dave Baigent GiFireE, BA Honours, PhD.
get Dave Baigent's and Sarah O'Connor's CV and read some comments by people we have worked for