A Glasgow firefighter promotes diversity in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

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A GLASGOW firefighter urges people from the LGBT+ community to join the service.

Craig Carter, who is based at Springburn Fire Station, spoke about the need for more diversity to mark LGBT History Month.

He said Scotland is making progress, but slowly, as less than one per cent of firefighters identify as LGBT+.

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The 26-year-old added: “It was daunting to step into the job. You wonder if people will accept you and you wonder how they will treat you.

“But I have a good relationship with the people on my shift and I can talk to them about anything, whether it’s work-related or outside of work. I’m supported by my shift commander and my colleagues.”

“I think being LGBT is becoming more and more accepted in society, but change takes time.

“I’m pretty reserved about my life, but if people ask everyday questions, then I tell them – I’m open.”

“I think the Service is doing everything it can to recruit more LGBT people – the opportunity is there for underrepresented groups.

“You have to be mentally and physically fit to be a firefighter. The training is intense, but I enjoy it. If anyone is interested in working with the SFRS, they will be supported.”

Deputy Chief NCO David Farries, SFRS Senior LGBT Champion, said: ‘LGBT History Month is about learning from the past to make things better tomorrow and lived experiences such as Craig’s are at the heart of that.

“We’re proud to support LGBT History Month and are absolutely committed to building a diverse, inclusive and equal workforce that truly reflects the communities we protect.”

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