The UK Fire Service is modernising rapidly and is responding to the equality agenda.
A key part of this response is equality for disabled job applicants and for employees who are or have become disabled during the course of employment.
The Disability Rights Commission and The Chief Fire Officers Association have co-operated to produce -Guidance for the Fire Service’ on the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 that affect recruitment and retention of wholetime and retained firefighters. The Guidance can be downloaded below:
Links with Local Organisations
We are delighted to work in partnership with local charitable organisation Stepping Stones based in Lisburn. Stepping Stones facilitate the Step Towards Employment Programme for adults with learning disabilities. We currently have three trainees on placement at Fire & Rescue Service Headquarters. To read an article (featured in the May/June 2006 edition of Able Magazine employment and education supplement) outlining the experience of one of our trainees, please click below
Disability Action Plan
We have pledged to fulfil our statutory obligations in relation to equality, fairness and inclusion. Section 49a of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (as amended by the Disability Discrimination (NI) Order 2006) places new duties on public authorities, when carrying out their functions, to have due regard to the need to :
Our disability action plan sets out how we propose to do this.
The full disability action plan can be accessed here:- disabilityactionplan
A gatefold summary leaflet of the disability action plan can be accessed here: summary