Equality and Diversity

We are committed to building equality into everything that we do.

Whether it is in our employment practices, in the services we provide or in the values we work to, our commitment to equality and diversity is an important part of our working culture.

We believe that everyone should be treated with dignity, respect and consideration and that all of our employees have a role to play in delivering this important agenda.

Providing services that meet the differing needs of the diverse communities we serve is at the core of our day-to-day business and whether it is in the delivery of a frontline emergency response, or in the provision of our prevention education programmes, we tailor our approach to meet those requirements.

To ensure everyone has access to our services we train all of our employees in equality and diversity awareness. We provide a range of information leaflets in alternate formats and work in close partnership with local community and stakeholder groups across Scotland. Should you require Community Safety information in an alternate format please access the Your Safety pages of this website to find out which documents are available.  If you want to find out what community engagement activities are taking please in your area please contact your local fire station.

We use the Equality Impact Assessment process to ensure that all of our policies and practices are free from unlawful discrimination.

Equality and diversity sit at the heart of our employment practices. The policies and procedures we have implemented have been designed to reflect best practice, ensuring equality and fairness for all of our employees as well as potential employees participating in the recruitment and selection process.

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Meeting the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty

We strive to be the best we can be at everything we do. In relation to equality and diversity we want to exceed the minimum legal requirements placed on public bodies and employers and be recognised as champions of equality. The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 sets out for public bodies: 

  • A duty to impact assess and review policies and practices – the results of our impact assessments will be available through this site in due course
  • A duty to publish a Mainstreaming Report by 30th April 2013 outlining the methods for mainstreaming equality in the organisation – a copy of the Mainstreaming Report is available by following this link
  • A duty to publish an Equal Pay Statement by 30th April 2013 – a copy of the Equal Pay Statement is available by following this link
  • A duty to publish gender pay gap and occupational segregation data – this information is available in the Equal Pay Statement
  • A duty to take steps to gather, review, use and publish key employment monitoring information - this information is available in the Equal Pay Statement
  • A duty to develop and publish a set of Equality Outcomes by 30th April 2013.

The Equality Outcomes for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are:

  1. People from all Scotland’s community groups feel confident in contacting the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for advice and information on relevant non-emergency issues.
  2. Disabled, LGBT, BME, older people and people from minority faiths are aware of the services provided by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, particularly how these can be adapted to meet their own individual needs.
  3. People from all Scotland’s community groups are safer in their homes and on our roads.
  4. Establish the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service as an employer of choice for people across all equality characteristics. 
  5. Provide a positive and healthy workplace culture which welcomes, embraces and develops people from across all equality characteristics. 
  6. People from across all communities are enabled to live lives free form hate crime, harassment and domestic abuse/violence.
  7. Gypsy travellers and migrant workers are safer, better informed and confident in Scottish Fire and Rescue Service engagement. 

Useful Links

Stonewall Scotland

Equality and Human Rights Commission