Equality and Diversity

We build 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. Whether it is in the delivery of frontline emergency response or in the provision of our safety education programmes, we tailor our approach to meet the requirements of our customers.

If you want to find out what community engagement activities are taking place in your area please contact your local fire station.

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Meeting the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and the Public Sector Equality Duty

We strive to be the best we can be at everything we do and our ambition is to be a world class public service. 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. 

Our policies and practices are developed with the needs of people in mind and this is one way we ensure that we mainstream equality. To achieve this we use the equality and human rights impact assessment process. You can find out more about this process and see the results of our impact assessments by clicking on this link – equality and human rights impact assessment.

A duty to publish a Mainstreaming Report

The 2019 Mainstreaming and Equality Outcomes Report is available to download. SFRS is in the process of making this document available as an audio file. This page will be updated with this addition in due course. 

A duty to publish a Gender Pay Gap Report

We have published our Gender Pay Gap Report for 2019 which sets out details of the gender pay gap between men and women, and includes an occupational segregation profile of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, where there are clusters of men and women working in particular areas, with associated narrative. The composite Equal Pay Statement and Gender Pay Gap Report for 2017 and Equal Pay Statement and Gender Pay Gap Report for 2015 are also available”.


Consider the use of equality criteria in the public procurement process

It is important to us that the goods and services we purchase are suitable for their intended use. It is equally important to us that the suppliers of those goods and services meet our high standards on equality. Our Procurement Team can provide assistance to those wishing to do business with us.

A duty to identify and publish Equality Outcomes for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
  1. People from all Scotland’s community groups are safer in their homes and on our roads.
  2. Establish the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service as an employer of choice for people across all equality characteristics.
  3. We will seek to improve our record in employing women in all functions and all levels within the organisation.
  4. People from across all communities are enabled to live lives free from hate crime, harassment and domestic abuse/violence.
  5. People from across all Scotland’s community groups benefit from their engagement and interactions with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
Useful Links

Positive Action Strategy 2019-2022 

Gaelic Language Plan 2018 - 2021:  English version  |  Gaelic version

Corporate Parenting Plan 2020-2023

Stonewall Scotland

Equality and Human Rights Commission

AFSA Weblogo