The Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board (MFB) in Victoria has launched its Gender Inclusion Action Plan 2010-2013, showcasing the organisation’s commitment to becoming an employer of choice for women.
The plan aims to deliver an inclusive, accessible organisation that delivers inclusive and accessible services. The plan lists 45 actions endorsed by the MFB Board and was launched at the MCG on 9 March by Danielle Green, Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services.
“We currently have 1737 firefighters, of which 56 are female. That equates to 3.1 per cent of our operational workforce. With this new plan in plan in place, we’d like to reduce that gap,” said Ken Latta, MFB Chief Executive Officer and Chief Officer.
“This is about the MFB making a commitment to promoting firefighting and the MFB as a career choice that perhaps many women haven’t considered before. It’s simply about opening up possibilities for females in the Brigade,” said Mr Latta.
“It’s important to also note that the recruiting process and entry standards remain the same for both male and female applicants, so the competency and ability of our firefighters will always stay at the highest standard.”
To celebrate the launch, a community partnership between the MFB and the Victorian Women’s Football League (VWFL) was also announced. The MFB will sponsor a Gender Equity Cup to be played on Mother’s Day, Sunday 9 May 2010.
For more information visit the website www.mfb.vic.gov.au