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Equality & Diversity

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is firmly committed and aims to create a culture that respects and values each other's differences and to secure genuine equality of opportunity in all aspects of our activities. This applies to job applicants, employees, volunteers and users of the organisation's services.

To achieve this aim MF&RS is committed to:-

  • Improving equality of opportunity for all by adhering to the statutory legal requirements and, where possible, by exceeding them.
  • Creating a harassment-free working environment for all.
  • Continually examining and reviewing procedures for appointment, transfer, promotion and training to ensure non-discrimination in the selection process.
  • Providing staff with training and guidance to ensure they understand the Equality and Diversity Policy and their responsibilities under it.
  • Regularly monitoring the composition of the workforce and publishing the results.
  • Where appropriate, taking positive action to encourage application from underrepresented groups within the workforce.
  • Providing all reasonable facilities and adjustments to maximize access to the services provided by MFRS for people with disabilities.
  • Investigating fully and swiftly all complaints of discrimination, victimization and harassment and taking appropriate action.

The Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 replaces the previous anti-discrimination laws with a single Act. It simplifies the law, removing inconsistencies and making it easier for people to understand and comply with it. It also strengthens the law in important ways, to help tackle discrimination and inequality. The majority of the Act came into force on 1 October 2010.

The public sector Equality Duty, of the Equality Act, requires public bodies to consider all individuals when carrying out their day to day work – in shaping policy, in delivering services and in relation to their own employees. It requires public bodies to have 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 a number of Equality Objectives. These are as follows;

  1. In the past ten years Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service has reduced accidental fires in the home by 37% and we will continue to build on this work through the use of our customer insight modeling and our station planning process to target individuals at risk and reduce accidental fires in the home and the deaths and injuries they cause on Merseyside by a further 5% by 2017.
  2. We will reduce risk for people who live in rented properties across Merseyside by continuing to build productive relationships with Registered Social Landlords to cut accidental kitchen fires in social housing by 5% by 2017.
  3. We will continue to engage with young people in vulnerable areas through our award winning youth engagement programmes with the aim of reducing deliberate antisocial behaviour fire setting by 5% by 2017.
  4. We will work with at risk groups and local partners to contribute to the reduction in the number and severity of road traffic collisions across Merseyside to work towards achieving the local target of reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions by 37.5% by 2020.
  5. Our aim is to create a strong cohesive organisation which is positive about rising to the future challenges we face. To achieve this our aim is to increase the representation of all minority groups within the communities of Merseyside in the Fire and Rescue Service by ensuring all future firefighter recruit courses have a minimum make up of 20% female and 8% black minority ethnic employees by 2017.

Our Equality Objectives have been incorporated into our Integrated Risk Management Plan (click here). Here you can find more detail and context around them and how they were developed in consultation with staff, stakeholders, representative bodies and communities across Merseyside.

Documentation

Equality and Diversity Annual Report 2013-14

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

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

Campaigns

Liverpool Pride - www.liverpoolpride.co.uk

World Aids Day - www.worldaidsday.org

Homotopia - www.homotopia.net

IDAHO - www.dayagainsthomophobia.org

Links to external agencies

Equality Human Rights Commision (EHRC) - www.equalityhumanrights.com

Stonewall - www.stonewall.org.uk

Local Government Improvement and Development (LGID) - www.idea.gov.uk/idk/core/page.do?pageId=1

Networking Women in The Fire Service (NWFS) - www.nwfs.net

Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA) - www.afsa.co.uk

National Disabled Fire Association (NDFA) - www.ndfa.info

Contact Us

If you require more information about our Equality and Diversity please:-

email:diversityteam@merseyfire.gov.uk


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