Celebrating Black History Month
07 October 2020
by Nic McGrath
Black History Month has been celebrated in the UK every October since 1987 – and this year we DIG DEEPER, LOOK CLOSER and THINK BIGGER about black culture, heritage and community in British society.
Assistant Chief Officer Stuart Stevens and Deputy Assistant Chief Officer David Lockhart are the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) equality champions.
ACO Stevens, Director of Service Delivery, said: “Serving Scotland’s diverse communities is an honour and this is why I chose to become our service’s Equality Champion for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people.
“I am fully committed to advocating for excellent public services that meet the unique needs of different community groups and also championing fairness and inclusion in an increasingly diverse SFRS workforce.
“Black History Month is an opportunity to not only celebrate but take serious stock of the contribution and legacy of Scotland’s BAME communities which, of course, includes our amazing employees who work so hard to keep people safe.
“This year’s mission statement encourages all of us to Dig Deeper, Look Closer, Think Bigger - and throughout October we are looking forward to exploring these themes. Looking to the future, we will also highlight what we are doing to increase the diversity of our workforce profile and how we can embed inclusion in our employment practices and services.”