Equality and diversity are embedded in our Community Risk Management Strategy and Service Plan for 2011-15, ensuring that we target the most vulnerable members of our diverse community and continue "Making West Yorkshire Safer".

The general and specific duties of the Equality Act 2010 required West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) to first publish equality objectives by the 6th April 2012. The Equality and Human Rights Commission suggests that equality objectives should be an integral part of the business plan and as supporting delivery of it. A Corporate Equality and Diversity Action Plan containing WYFRS’ equality objectives is published annually.

Meeting Our Equality Duties 2011-2015 (PDF Document - Opens in a new window) (PDF 9.3mb) and the Corporate Equality and Diversity Plan for 2013-2014 (77.2kb) (PDF Document) should be read in conjunction with our Service Plan 2011/15 (Opens in a new window) and Action Plan 2013-2014 (PDF Document - Opens in a new window).

Workforce profile: A report on workforce diversity is provided to the Authority’s HR Committee at least once a year. The latest report can be found in the HR Activity Report (July 2013), Section 6, page 49 (PDF Document).

While there is no explicit legal requirement under the general duty to engage with people from the nine protected characteristics WYFRS acknowledges the importance of an adequate evidence base for any decisions we make. Engagement with the community and our employees is a continuous process and evidence/data is used to tailor the services we provide and employment practices we introduce. WYFRS’s priorities are our most vulnerable communities who are at risk from fire, fire related injuries and road traffic incidents.

Each District’s Risk Reduction Plan describes the partnerships and initiatives designed to reach those most at risk, strengthen links with local communities and make the most vulnerable groups safer:

Examples of outcomes achieved for the community and employees can be found in Meeting Our Equality Duties 2011-2015 (PDF Document - Opens in a new window) (pdf 9.3mb) and case studies.

In addition to on-going consultation with all our employees we have worked with the following communities in West Yorkshire:

  • substance misusers;

  • older people;

  • people with traumatic brain injury and physical disability;

  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual groups;

  • Transgender groups;

  • people with dementia and their carers;

  • agencies, professionals and carers of people with dementia;

  • Black and Minority Ethnic groups re dementia support services;

  • young drama students with particular focus on Road Safety;

  • focus groups with older people on the development of fire and road safety messages;

  • older people as expert advisors in a project to produce educational older persons DVDs;

  • people with Leaning Difficulties; Gypsy and Travellers;

  • the Sikh community;

  • SureStart Centres and Primary Schools targeting new parents;

  • the Polish community on fire and road safety;

  • the Asian community on fire safety in the home;

  • engaging young people through a boxing initiative

If you require further information please contact Corporate Diversity on telephone: 01274 655815 or email: equality.diversity@westyorksfire.gov.uk