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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fire Service Achieves Equality Excellence

01/02/2013

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is celebrating achievement of the Excellent level of the Fire and Rescue Service Equality Framework (FRSEF).

"We are delighted to have achieved the Excellent level of the Framework. It is something that only six of fire and rescue services have so far managed to do."

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford

The FRSEF is managed by the Local Government Association (LGA) and is designed to help fire and rescue services integrate their commitments to promote equality and diversity into their day to day work.

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford said: “We are delighted to have achieved the Excellent level of the Framework. It is something that only six of fire and rescue services have so far managed to do. We believe it clearly demonstrates that what we do and the way we deliver our services is in tune with the diverse needs of our local communities are being effective. It also provides clear evidence that the culture of our organisation is healthy and encourages all members of our workforce to realise their full potential, in an open, engaging and inclusive environment.

 “Achieving the Excellent level is only part of our ongoing journey of improvement. The assessors feedback report will help us to take further steps to improve our understanding of our communities and the opportunities we have to work with our partners to make them safer, healthier and more prosperous.”

The FRSEF Assessment Team spent three days in Staffordshire examining many different aspects of the Service’s activities and visiting Stations at Tamworth, Hanley, Cannock and Burton along with Service headquarters at Pirehill. The assessment team included an elected member from Suffolk County Council, a policy officer from a London Borough Council, representatives from other fire and rescue services and the LGA itself.