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Micky Nicholas 07764927729
Lud Ramsey 07958955929
Hi all – please allow me to introduce myself and the B&EMM Executive Committee. My name is Michael Nicholas and I am the B&EMM National Secretary in the FBU. Prior to my election, I had held many other roles within the FBU, but the progression of B&EMM has always been my priority.
Lud Ramsey – B&EMM chair. Lud joined the Fire Service after 9 years in the RAF in 1988. He was then the very first BME operational employee in the Hampshire FRS. Lud had experienced racist behaviour in the RAF and was disappointed to find that the fire service also had individuals who behaved in this way. He became the branch rep at Andover and from then progressed to become a Brigade official. Lud attended the very first B&EMM School at Wortley Hall in 1995 and has been representing B&EMM in various roles since that time. He was elected as the B&EMM National Chair in 2009. Lud believes that all B&EMM have a responsibility to ensure that our service is a fit and proper environment for all who are employed and who are served by it.
The Annual B&EMM School is a must if you want to find out more about us and meet other BME people in the Fire and Rescue Service. It is the best attended educational event in the FBU calendar and takes place on the 2 nd weekend in October. Please look out for details as they are sent to B&EMM home addresses.
Most importantly, we hope that our members are aware that there is a support network for them within the service – a service that can sometimes leave them feeling isolated. Please remember, you are never alone – we made sure of that! Get in touch?
B&EMM Mission Statement
To continue to be a progressive group within the UK Fire and Rescue Service, our communities, its under-represented ethnic minority members and their union. To also be a focal point for advice and support on dealing with issues of discrimination, harassment and debarment as they affect Black and Ethnic Minority Members of the UK Fire and Rescue Service.
- To offer help, support and to encourage networking by our members.
- To assist Fire and Rescue Services in ensuring that their BME recruitment, retention and progression strategies recognise the diversity in the communities they serve, and actively seek to reflect the very best of those communities.
- To advise and assist the FBU in educating its members in order to recognise, appreciate and respect cultural differences thus eradicating the effects of racial/cultural prejudice in the workplace and the community.
- To take full advantage of learning opportunities and to offer career guidance and influence in the creation and maintenance of supportive working environments.
Please contact the appropriate official or representative if you need help, advice and information.