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Shared perspective on Inclusion and Diversity

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The Arlington Fire Department and Arlington Professional Fire Fighters Association share in the basic belief that inclusion and diversity within our Organizations is essential. Inclusion and diversity is respecting and valuing each other’s contributions and differences.  The Arlington  Fire Department is made  up of individuals from differing  backgrounds, cultures and  diversity  of  perspectives which have made us a great team as well as an outstanding fire service organization.
We  believe  that  in  order for  our Department to achieve organizational  excellence, it requires the inclusion of all  people, recognizing and respecting the unique difference in outlooks, perspectives, and ideas. We must also respect individuals, even though they may not look, act, or think like us.  In order for the Arlington  Fire  Department to  be a successful public service entity, we must engage in a direct and active effort to include different and unique perspectives from inside our organization and the community we serve.
Our “family” within the Arlington Fire Department has many diverse characteristics.  Obvious differences such as race, gender, and other physical differences are apparent. But, there are other differences that aren’t so apparent, which may include a broad list of issues and/or perspectives that make up who we are as individuals.  We believe that  all of us should  recognize, respect  and  value  those  differences  and  other  variables that  influence  personal  perspectives, whatever  they  may  be.  Intolerance of those differences is unacceptable.
We  believe  inclusion and Diversity  creates increased productivity,  attraction and retention of  top talent, and an  improved relationship with our  internal team as  well as our external customers.  Leaders  within  the Arlington Fire Department have a responsibility to foster an environment where an employee feels respected and valued. This in turn will develop an employee who will be more engaged in their work, be  willing to  build stronger relationships with  peers and the community, as  well as become more innovative.  Our desire is to create an environment  where everyone wants to come to work each day and be productive.
Inclusion and Diversity helps create a workforce that better represents the community in which the Arlington Fire Department serves. This enables us to better understand our community and build  relationships within our organization, and trust among our team.  It is critical for the future of  the Arlington  Fire Department  to  attract, motivate, and  retain  individuals who are talented, highly skilled and qualified and at the same time be more reflective of the diverse community in which we work.
The Arlington Fire Department is an HONORABLE organization.  It is an organization that demands we respect each other and not allow for an environment  that may actively or  passively  encourage negative or divisive behavior  among  Department  members. Issues of intolerant nature will be immediately and effectively addressed by Department leaders.  Any conduct, act or behavior that is contrary to the values of our organization will not be tolerated.

We will treat others as we expect to be treated.

After all,  we are  “family.”  We all are individuals and our individuality will  be respected throughout our organization.  Our  focus as a Department will be on what binds us together as a team and what is in the interest of our community. We will respect our differences as we work towards “unity of the team” and our shared purpose of meeting the needs and expectations of those we serve.
Together we will “walk the talk” and we will actively respond to those who act in an intolerant way to Department members or to the community we serve. We have an obligation to come together as a team and to focus our abilities towards achieving our organizations’ purpose, which  is  serving  our  community.  While  we  are all individuals, a unified  team is a  priority in  the Arlington Fire Department.