WEST Yorkshire has been named as the most gay-friendly fire brigade in the country.
It is revealed as a top place for gays and lesbians to work in a new study.
Only London's fire brigade joined West Yorkshire in the top rank.
Gay rights group Stonewall measured the organisations by their policies and procedures on equality in the workplace.
West Yorkshire acting deputy chief fire officer Allan Hughes said: "In a service which suffers from an outdated image as an all-white, all-male preserve, it is tremendously important that we take matters like this seriously.
"Management will not tolerate discrimination, whether intentional or not, and must be sensitive to any circumstances which could affect an individual's performance."
Studies show that at least a third of the 1.7m gay people working in the UK still feel unable to be open about their sexual orientation.
Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill said: "A pink plateau still exists in too much of the British workplace."