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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!

Index for Reports
Government equality standards for local government have been updated to the Equality Framework
C&LG (2006) Annual Report
Fire Service Police
Draft 2012 Framework for comments
Equality Report 2010
Rising to the challenge (2008)
Ethos (2008)
2006-7 employment statistics and report
C&LG (2008) Equality Strategy
Framework Document 2008-11
Framework Document 2006-8
Framework Document 2005-6
Framework Document 2004-5
HMCIFS (2001). Thematic Report: Managing a Modernised Fire Service - Bridging the Gap Scoping Study. London: Home Office.
CLG (2009) Equality and Diversity Strategy
Home Office (2001) Towards Diversity 2
Home Office (2000) Towards Diversity 1
HMCIFS (1999). Equality and Fairness in the Fire Service: A thematic Review by HM. Fire Service Inspectorate. London: Home Office.
HMCIFSS (1998). 'A Report of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Fire Services for Scotland: Equal Opportunities Thematic Inspection Report, Scotland: The Scottish Office.'
HMCIFS (2000) Annual Report 1999-2000
Appendix to Annual Report 2000-2001Home Office (2001) Race Relations in Public Services
ODPM (2001) Best Value Performance Indicators
C&LG (2008) Delivering Efficiency: Understanding the costs
HMG (2004). Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004
ODPM. (2003). Our Fire and Rescue Service (white paper)
Bain Enquiry 2002
Stage two pay agreement
CFOA HR Strategy 2006
HOC (2006). The Fire and Rescue Service, HC 872-I, Fourth Report of the Communities and Local Government Committee, Session 2005-06
CFOA (2006) Response to select committee report
Government response to HOC 2006
Flanagan, M. (2008). Independent Review of Policing by Sir Ronnie Flanagan - Final Report. London, HMIC.

HMCIC. (2004). Modernising the Police Service: A Thematic Inspection of Workforce: M
odernisation – The Role, Management and Deployment of Police Staff in the Police Service of England and Wales. London, HMIC.

HMIC. (2009). Delivering the Policing Pledge:early findings. London, Home Office.

Home Office. (2009). From the Neighbourhood to the National: policing our communities together summary of green paper consultation responses and next steps. London, Home Office.
Home Office targets for police fire and equality reports (including Straw's targets


Home -- 'A fire station for all' and other Swedish Work
Recent index of contributions on fire service matter -- Older index of contributions
Workshops on fire service culture and equality -- Educational Workshops -- Consultancy
Elite briefing/workshops --- Academic Reference Point -- Are you big enough to stand a snapshot cultural audit from fitting-in -- Cultural Audits ---- Audit Commission Report   'Rising to the Challenge' -- Snapshot Audits -- Research -- Problem solving by  fitting-in -- Support for degrees and masters qualifications -- Work completed over the years -- Impact AssessmentsEquality Action Plan
Labour Government's Equality and Diversity Strategy
One Decade On - Survey on women firefighters
C&LG firefighters survey 08
Draft papers for reading
Main Index
Contact us
Some things from Australia on equality
Melbourne DiversityConference
CV & References
Have you seen Ethos?
Audit Commission on equality
How do I send my writing to fitting-in for publication
What does fitting-in publish
How do I do research - some basic tips
Writing a bibliography
Reports from Government
Diversity Strategy
Contact us
Synopsis of papers on Open Government

References: See what The Swedish Fire Service, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, Merseyside Fire and Rescue, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Fire Services, Swedish MSB and Tom Carroll (Past president of CFOA ) and others have said.

Fitting-in can provide a cultural audit that not only feeds back on attitudes in your service it also provides an outside view on how your organisation is thinking at all levels that is supported by recommendations for focussing change.This is what Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service had to say about the Ethos research, communications and training project:

"The Service are delighted with the research and reports produced by "Fitting-in. We believe that your original hypothesis and work undertaken in Merseyside has resulted in a ground breaking piece of work that can only serve to inform the wider fire and rescue communities." 

For further information or just to talk about what fitting-in can provide ring Dr Dave Baigent (FIFireE) 07802 495 329 or email

Academic theory without practice is a waste - practice without theory may just be dumb

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