RBFRS is committed to supporting and making a positive difference to the communities we serve.
Equality and diversity is about understanding differences and ensuring that the right people receive the right services.
We aim to identify, understand, and eliminate all barriers that prevent access to services, information, and employment. The services we deliver are risk based according to the needs of particular groups.
The four objectives proposed below were considered following review of the priority areas set out by the National Fire Chiefs Council Equality Framework.
Purpose of setting equality objectives
Under the Equality Act 2010, public bodies have a general duty to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and promote good relations between people sharing different protected characteristics. To meet the general duty, RBFRS have a Specific Duty to develop equality objectives every four years.
The purpose of setting our equality objectives is to ensure that we provide opportunities for everyone to reach their potential to be able to deliver effective services to our communities. This means objectives are not just based on processes and policies, but focused on improving outcomes for our employees and people in our community.
- Increasing diversity of staff at all levels: We will take actions to increase the diversity of job applicants to help us reflect the community by focusing particularly on under-represented groups.
- Leadership and corporate commitment: Leadership and corporate commitment means we will be strong and visible in our leadership and that all employees have confidence in our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
- Improving our service delivery by knowing the communities we serve through partnership and risk based approach: This objective will focus on promoting equality by knowing our diverse communities and understanding their needs, ensuring that our prevention, protection and response activities target the most vulnerable people with the greatest risk.
- Promoting a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion: We will continue to take action to ensure we have a culture where everyone feels valued and is treated with dignity and respect by creating an inclusive working environment that will enable us to maximise the potential of a diverse workforce.
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