The Times (p6) reports that, according to Graham Meldrum, racist behaviour by firefighters towards each other and towards the public must be tackled in a new way.
In the issue of the firefighters' magazine Fire, to be published this week, Mr Meldrum says of the findings of the Macpherson inquiry: 'It would be difficult to argue that this does not apply to the fire service. To do so would mean that we had achieved our goals in respect of equality.'
He said that only 1.5% of firefighters were from ethnic minorities and that the fire service might have created a tradition of being 'a white, male-only organisation' and then defended that tradition.
The article has come in the final stages of a home office review on equal opportunities in fire brigades.