Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is committed to putting equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything we do. We want to ensure that we are providing our workforce and local communities across Dorset and Wiltshire with accessible services.
DWFRS embraces the Equality Act, the Public Sector Equality Duty and the requirements it places upon us to do the right thing for our staff and our communities. We are committed to providing services that do not discriminate against any section of our communities or staff groups, as well as seeking to identify ways in which to advance opportunities and foster good relations between all groups. How we achieve this is set out in our Community Safety Plan.
How do we show our commitment to diversity?
DWFRS values diversity and the opportunities it brings to both our workforce and local communities. Diversity of thought is particularly important in a workplace that is designed to offer support and services to meet the demands of the broader public groups. As such the diversity within our workforce along with the data we collect around our communities enables us to continually improve our services.
The Equality Act 2010 was introduced to consolidate previous equality laws into one place, removing some of the complexity around having multiple pieces of legislation. As a service we utilise the legislation to ensure all our staff, volunteers and members of our communities are protected. The legislation sets out the personal characteristics that are protected by the law and the behaviour that is unlawful. The legislation is in place to help Britain become a fairer society, improve public services, and help business performance. Diversity is recognised as a key contributor to a high performing workforce and therefore at DWFRS we use positive action to assist us in attracting a more diverse workforce that truly represents the communities we serve. DWFRS is committed to making a real difference to the lives of people in Dorset and Wiltshire. We want to reduce the level of risk and harm to our communities targeting those most at risk, we have used the protected characteristics outlined by the Equality Act 2010 to identify opportunities to enhance our services to better support our communities and our workforce.
Equality and Diversity can often become a large and complex subject, to simplify our approach we have identified 4 key areas that we are fully committed to, these are: