The Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) has taken out two of three national diversity and inclusion awards at the biennial Women and Firefighting Australasia (WAFA) conference.

Deputy Chief Officer, Michael Morgan, has been recognised with the Male Champion Award for spearheading workplace diversity and inclusion initiatives, while the MFS Mother’s Day Classic Pink Truck won the Industry Diversity and Inclusion Scorecard Award.

The Mother’s Day Classic Pink Truck was the brainchild of the United Firefighters Union SA (UFU) to raise awareness of breast cancer and promote the 2016 Mother’s Day Classic (MDC) event.

WAFA supports, promotes and enhances the networking of women in emergency services.

Background

Michael Morgan’s career with the MFS spans 30 years. He has worked tirelessly on programs that ensure the welfare of firefighters, and developed the first mentorship and career counselling program for women firefighters within the MFS.

The Mother’s Day Classic Pink Truck was operational for four months in early 2016. MFS crews distributed breast cancer and event information at hundreds of community events in the lead up to Mother’s Day while also running a social media campaign.

Quotes attributable to Emergency Services Minister Peter Malinauskas

The MFS is strongly committed to gender diversity and it’s fantastic to see the organisation recognised as a national leader.

While firefighting is traditionally perceived as a male dominated career, it is a career that offers exciting opportunities for both men and women and people of varied backgrounds. The MFS takes pride in its culture of diversity and inclusion across and is to be commended for this.

Quotes attributable to MFS Chief Officer and Chief Executive Officer Greg Crossman

I congratulate MFS Deputy Chief Officer, Michael Morgan on receiving this well-deserved recognition. He has worked tirelessly to promote fairness and equity for all within our workforce and led the establishment of the MFS Female Firefighters Forum at the MFS in 2010.

The MFS is thrilled that the Mother’s Day Classic Pink Truck has received the WAFA Industry Diversity and Inclusion Scorecard Award.

MFS is committed to supporting our community and while we recognise that breast cancer is a predominantly female diagnosis, our personnel are often the key support for loved ones receiving this diagnosis. We had no hesitation in offering our support for the prevention and treatment of this illness when approached by the UFU (SA).