Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service

Our Mission: Safer Stronger Communities - Safe Effective Firefighters.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

We are committed to promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) in the delivery of our services to the public and through our employment practices and policies for staff. These key values drive how we treat each other and how we interact with the communities of Merseyside.

The Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) helps to guide us in delivering our day to day activities and consider the effect of those activities and employment practices on people who share different Protected Characteristics.

The Protected Characteristics covered by the PSED are:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race, including ethnic or national
  • Origins, colour or nationality
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

It is useful to note that socio-economic status (meaning poverty) as a Protected Characteristic, was considered in the drafting of the Equality Act 2010.

From a Service point of view our statistics tell us that social deprivation is often a risk factor in the incidents we are called to respond to and it is also a significant feature in the workloads of our partners. It is for this reason that our ED&I work extends beyond the Protected Characteristics as listed.

In meeting the PSED, MFRS have a due regard to the need to consider individuals when developing policies, in delivering services and in relation to staff employment practices. All public bodies must show due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity, and foster good relations between different people when carrying out their activities.

In line with the responsibilities placed upon MFRS we have developed and published five Equality Objectives for 2017 - 2020. These are as follows:

  1. Create a strong cohesive organisation that is positive to rising to the future challenges we face.
  2. To ensure that people from diverse communities receive equitable services that meet their needs.
  3. Reducing fires and other incidents amongst the vulnerable protected groups. By better understanding the impacts for diverse communities in terms of fires and other incidents we can measure whether there are any disproportionate outcomes for relevant protected groups.
  4. To ensure that staff are better equipped to deliver their roles whilst:
    • Showing due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010.
    • Advance equality of opportunities for underrepresented groups.
    • Foster good relations between people who share protected groups and those who don’t.
  5. To continue to aspire to achieving excellence, or equivalent in a Fire and Rescue Service Equality Framework.

Our Equality Objectives have been incorporated into our Integrated Risk Management Plan (click here) and are delivered through our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan 2017-20. Progress made against these objectives can be found in out Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Annual Report 2017/18 (click here). Both documents will provide more detail and context around our five objectives and how they were developed in consultation with staff, stakeholders, representative bodies and communities across Merseyside.


Diversity Events Calendar 2020

Diversity Events Calendar 2019

Equality, Diversion & Inclusion Annual Report 2017-2018

Diversity Events Calendar 2018

Equality And Diversity Action Plan 2017-2018

Appendix B - Equality Objectives 2017-2020: Year 2 Progress

Appendix B - Equality Objectives 2017-2020

Diversity Events Calendar 2017

Public Sector Equality Data Report 2017

Public Sector Equality Data Report 2015

Engaging with Diverse Businesses Conference Report Sep 2015

Engaging with Diverse Businesses Conference Slides Sep 2015

Engaging with Diverse Businesses Conference Brochure Sep 2015

Diversity Calendar 2015

Equality and Diversity Annual Report 2016-17

Equality and Diversity Annual Report 2015-16

Equality and Diversity Annual Report 2014-15

Equality and Diversity Policy

Home Fire Safety Checks 2013-14 report

Draft Equality and Diversity Action Plan 2013-2016 v13-Year 2

Strategic Equalities Group Members and Deputy Representatives

Diversity Action Group (DAG) Membership July 2014

Equality Analysis of Workforce and Employment Data as of 1st April 2013 to 31st March 2014

Equality Analysis of Workforce and Employment Data as of 31st March 2018

Profile of Merseyside (Demography, Equality & Diversity)

Equality Analysis of Workforce and Employment Data as at 1.12.2012

Promoting Equalities & Diversity on Merseyside- An Intentional Inclusion Strategy 2010 - 2013

Fire and Rescue Service Equality Framework Pilot Peer Review at Excellent

Fire and Rescue Service Excellence Self Assessment

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Gender Equalities Scheme 2007 - 2009

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Race Equalities Scheme 2006 - 2009

Reaching all Communities on Merseyside Handbook

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Disability Equality Scheme 2006 - 2009

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service workforce Breakdown 16-01-2012

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service IRMP 2011-2012


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Links to external agencies

Equality Human Rights Commision (EHRC) -

Stonewall -

Local Government Improvement and Development (LGID) -

Networking Women in The Fire Service (NWFS) -

Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA) -

National Disabled Fire Association (NDFA) -

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