To enable the people of Berkshire to lead safe and fulfilling lives Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) recognise the diversity of the population it serves and the staff it employs, RBFRS is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for everyone. Our aim is to provide services which meet the needs and expectations of local communities.
By valuing the diversity of our employees we will attract people from the widest range of backgrounds, which will help us to improve our services to the public. We want to build an inclusive workforce which reflects the communities we serve at all levels, where all staff are motivated and treated with respect, and where they receive equal pay for equal work, (and work of equal value), throughout the organisation.
RBFRS works in partnership with a range of suppliers, agencies and other fire and rescue services. In working with partners we will make equality and diversity a guiding consideration.
We will consult our employees through appropriate mechanisms, and where necessary, a wide cross section of the communities we serve, in order to ensure that our services and proposed policies are appropriate to a diverse society. We will inform the public and employees about what we do as a result of consultation.
We endeavour through the development of modern feedback tools to ensure that we deliver the same high quality services to all sectors of the community in accordance with their needs. We are committed to analysing and publishing the results of all such monitoring and to taking corrective action where required. In doing so RBFRS will meet the requirements of the specific duties of the Equality Act 2010.
In all of these activities, we aim to eliminate discrimination and value diversity in respect of all nine personal characteristics as identified in the Equality Act 2010. We develop a workforce that treats both fellow employees and the public with respect and fairness, and will thoroughly investigate any complaints raised.
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