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.