Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service has been named the most LGBT-inclusive employer in the North West, and third in the entire country.
The equality charity Stonewall recognises the service's "commitment to championing LGBT equality" in publishing its annual top 100 employers list. It says the organisations it recognises "play a crucial role in changing society" for the better.
Cheshire's Chief Fire Officer, Mark Cashin, says he and his staff are "passionate" about inclusion.
Six other North West employers feature in Stonewall's list: Cheshire Police, University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Riverside, Lancashire Police and Bury Council.