Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service


In addition to our Equality Scheme, a range of documents underpin our commitment to equality of opportunity and fairness in the workplace. Key equality and fairness policies include;
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Harassment Policy and Complaints Procedure
  • Miscellaneous Leave Provisions and Flexible Working arrangements
  • Fire Authority Code of Practice on Recruitment and Selection
The principles of the NIFRS Equal Opportunities Policy are that
  • all forms of unlawful discrimination is opposed
  • all employees and job applicants are treated fairly
  • selection for employment, promotion, training or any other benefit is on the basis of aptitude and ability


The Harassment Policy and Complaints Procedure complements the Equal Opportunities Policy Statement and the Joint Declaration of Protection (between NIFRS and the Fire Brigades Union) which sets out our commitment to ensuring that every employee has a right to work free from intimidation or harassment on grounds of religious belief or political opinion. The principles of the Policy and Procedure are:
  • Harassment in any form is unacceptable behaviour
  • It is impact of the behaviour and not the motive or intent
  • Such behaviour is treated as misconduct, which may warrant dismissal.
Work is ongoing in other policy areas within our organisation which embrace equality, diversity, fairness and dignity. These include:-
  • Disability
  • Duty of Care – Young Persons
  • Discipline and Grievance
  • Attendance Management
  • Health and Safety
  • Occupational Health
Under Section 75 statutory duty obligations, all new and existing policies will be screened for adverse impacts on equality of opportunity for the defined groups.

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