Recognised for equality

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has received formal recognition of its commitment to equality in providing services to the public and as employers.

The service was visited in early December by a team of assessors who evaluated its written evidence and spoke to a cross-section of staff about their experience of developing equalities good practice.

The assessors looked at the organisation’s approach to knowing its communities and the way it targets services to different groups of people. They considered how it maintains equality of access in delivering services, the way it buys goods and services and the way it employs, recruits, retains and trains its staff.

It also focused on leadership and commitment within the organisation and its commitment to equality.

Cllr Penny Griggs, equality champion on the Fire Authority, said: “This is great news for us.

“We work hard to provide people with equal access to their services and employment opportunities, so it’s great to receive some external recognition.”

The service has reached the second level of the Framework, known as ‘Achieving’.