Date: 3rd February, 2023
This statement relates to the website of Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:
- change colours, contrast levels and fonts
- zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
- navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
- navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
- listen to most of the website using a screen reader
- Translate the website content into other languages
We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.
How accessible this website is
We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible – for example, most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software.
If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, please contact us:
- email [email protected]
- call 01722 691000
We’ll consider your request and get back to you as soon as possible.
Reporting accessibility problems with this website
We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact the Corporate Communications & Engagement Team via [email protected]
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).
Visiting us in person
Some of our offices have audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.
Find out how to contact us
Details of all our premises can be found at www.dwfire.org.uk/our-premises
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances and exemptions listed below.
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
- Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content). We plan to add text alternatives for all images by September 2023. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.
Work is ongoing to resolve issues with online forms (including within the General Enquiries form within Contact Us), which currently fail WCAG 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value: Select element must have an accessible name. We hope to have this resolved by May 2023.
Some issues are caused by third party content accessed via an iframe – such as the absence of an accessible name within the Safe & Well referral form. This may not be achievable within this iteration of the website, but can be resolved when the site undergoes a full refresh/rebuild, probably in 2025-26. As such, it fails WCAG 2.4.1 Bypass Blocks and WCAG 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value: Frames must have an accessible name.
There are also issues with the job alerts within the Current Vacancies page and this remains under investigation. As such, it currently fails WCAG 2.4.3 Focus Order. We hope to have this resolved by May 2023.
- Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.
We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 3 February 2023, following a partial audit by Government Digital Service in August 2022. A full review and audit will be carried out by our web contractor by December 2023.