Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Chair of LGBT support group nominated for national award

Essex County Fire and  Rescue Service’s (ECFRS) continued work to become a more inclusive and diverse workplace has been recognised nationally.

Matt Hill, Chair of the Service’s LGBT support group BEING, has been nominated for a National Diversity Award.
Since becoming Chair of BEING in 2015, Matt has been part of ECFRS’ efforts to create an LGBT friendly working environment and raise awareness of the diversity challenges individuals may be facing.

He has also been heavily involved in our commitment to showing regular support for diversity and inclusivity events including the recent International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).
Matt is competing with colleagues from other services to be shortlisted for Positive Role Model in the LGBT category, ahead of the deadline for votes this Friday (9 June).

Acting Chief Fire Officer Adam Eckley said: "We are all incredibly proud of Matt for being recognised in the National Diversity Awards and his commitment to helping our Service become more inclusive and diverse.
“I thank him and all involved with BEING for their continued efforts and urge everyone within our service who can spare a moment to vote for him to do so – we all wish him the best of luck.”

Matt said: “We’ve made great strides as a service since I first became Chair of BEING two years ago and with the team’s hard work, diversity is now at the centre of everything we do.
“I’m very proud to be a part of that positive change, and it’s an honour to be nominated for such a fantastic award.”



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