Racist BNP 'not wanted' by fire service
|Members of the British National Party should not apply for jobs in the fire service as there is no place for racists or bigots, a chief fire officer said in a report released today. |
Martin Chapman, Dorset Fire and Rescue chief fire officer, said: "Membership of the BNP is not itself unlawful, but its core values are considered to be incompatible with those of the fire authority and the role of the fire and rescue service."
He added, in a report due to go before Dorset Fire Authority members on Monday October 24, 2005: "There is no place for racists or bigots within Dorset Fire and Rescue Service."
Mr Chapman hopes the Fire Authority will give its backing to the report which aims to dissuade BNP members from applying for jobs.
"Current legal advice indicates that it is not yet possible to dismiss an employee for being a member of the BNP," said Mr Chapman in the report.
"However, our position is clear. Anyone holding and expressing the views and opinions of the BNP would not be capable of meeting our core values and the range of personal qualities and attributes that we require of our employees.
"We are working to ensure that all those employed by Dorset Fire and Rescue Service aspire to our values and have the personal qualities and attributes that allow us to work effectively with all sections of our community.
The report also suggests that the Fire Authority encourage the Government to ban fire and rescue employees from playing an active political role in conflict with the fire service's core values of equality and diversity.
The report calls for Government legislation similar to that employed by the police force where members are prohibited from taking any active part in politics and should "at all times be absent from any activity which is likely to interfere with the impartial discharge of his/her duty".
An agreement reached by police chiefs last year also bans police officers from being members of the BNP, Combat 18 or the National Front.
Via Stop the BNP