Our Service and Positive Action
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service are firmly committed to promoting a positive culture that values equality, diversity and inclusion both within our workforce and the communities of Gloucestershire. We have a zero tolerance to racism and any form of discriminatory behaviour. The statement can be viewed on the link to the right.
The Service abides by the three aims of the public sector equality duty (section 149 of the Equality Act 2010), namely:
- Elimination of discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010.
- Advancement of equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it; and
- Fostering good relations between people who share a protected characteristic.
We recognise that building an inclusive and diverse workforce that reflects the diverse communities we serve, enables us to deliver the highest possible standards of community safety in order to build stronger, safer and more resilient communities.
To achieve this we have developed in conjunction with individuals from across the whole organisation, an approved set of principles that guide us. Our ‘Core Values’ represent the standards of behaviour expected from all of our employees, underpin our strategic aims and objectives and are integral to everything we do. This creates a professional and supportive environment for all employees and service users.
To ensure we continue to meet our moral and legal obligations, we have an Equality and Diversity Group who directly advise the Strategic Leadership Team on equality and diversity matters and who promote these issues across the Service.
Below are examples of the 'School Engagement' sessions that our Positive Action team have carried out remotely.