This webpage contains links to all our strategies, policies and
records which relate to Equality & Diversity issues.
The service has an Equality & Diversity Steering group which is chaired by
the Chef Fire Officer. This group drives the Equality & Diversity agenda in the
organisation. Members of the group include the Fire Authority lead member for
Equality & Diversity, directors of Corporate Planning, Service Delivery and People
together with representatives from Unison, Fire Brigade Union and Retained Fire-fighters
Union. The Steering Group is advised by the service Equality & Diversity Advisor.
Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service and Wiltshire & Swindon Combined Fire Authority
is committed to the aims of the
National Fire &
Rescue Service Equality and Diversity Strategy 2008-18. The service has developed and
published a Single Equality Scheme which will be reviewed in 2013 in conjunction with the business
plan and IRMP, please see link below.
Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service is subject to the General and Specific Equality Duties
outlined in the Equality Act 2010. The General Duty states that those subject to the equality
duty must, in the exercise of their functions, have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct
prohibited by the Act
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic
(see page 10) and those who do not
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
The Specific duty states:
Publish sufficient information to demonstrate its compliance with the general equality duty across
its functions. This must be done by 31 January 2012 and at least annually after that, from the first
date of publication.
This information must include, in particular:
- Information on the effect that its policies and practices have had on people who share a
relevant protected characteristic, to demonstrate the extent to which it furthered the aims of
the general equality duty for its employees and for others with an interest in the way it
performs its functions.
Prepare and publish equality objectives
By 6 April 2012, prepare and publish:
- One or more objectives that it reasonably thinks it should achieve to meet one or more
aims of the general equality duty.
- Subsequently objectives should be set at intervals of not greater than four years.
Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service wishes to ensure that stakeholders contribute to the development
of policies, processes and services provided by the service. The section below will be updated with
current equality projects which the service is consulting on. This will include the development of
Equality Objectives as required under the Equality Act 2010.
Please send us your views about this webpage, including what other
information you would like to see here:
For further information contact:
Rex Webb T: 07771 897912 E:
A: Salisbury Fire Station, Ashley Road, Salisbury, SP2 7TN