People in Dorset want us to provide services which are accessible to all sections of our communities, prevent fatal fires and protect those who are most at risk. The following information is about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and allows you to get involved and to provide us with valuable feedback. The Dorset Fire Authority (DFA) and Staff are committed to:
We have placed equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything we do. In November 2012 we were assessed as meeting the “Excellent” or “Gold Standard” level of the Equality Framework by independent Peer Assessors - the first Fire Service in the South West to do so and one of only two local authorities in the South West at this level.
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We get to know our communities through initiatives, such as:
As well as looking at communities on a geographical basis we also research the needs of different groups including those with protected characteristics. This approach helps us to understand how to engage with these groups and meet their needs.
We have a number of partnerships with other local authorities, agencies and community groups. Working with partners helps us to engage with communities and meet their diverse needs.
We use incident data, debriefs and surveys to identify who uses our services, which groups of people are most or least likely to use them in the future, and to get feedback about how satisfied they are with the Service they receive. All of this information is published on this website as part of the Community Safety Plan.
Our Staff and Volunteers
In addition to monitoring the composition of our workforce, we seek and listen to the views of our staff and volunteers through regular staff meetings, volunteer “Face2face days”, focus groups and surveys.
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