Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is committed to achieving equality throughout all areas of the organisation and service delivery. The first Race Equality Scheme was produced in 2002, although the organisation has always been committed to improving race relations both internally and externally for many years before this document was created.
This is shown through the commitment of our Senior Management within the organisation and is still continuing today.
The Service has a legal duty to promote race relations under both the general and specific duties of the Race Relations Act 1976 and the amendments to this act. The Service has always appreciated the benefits of valuing a diverse workforce and the introduction of this Race Equality Scheme has continued to confirm this. We have always valued our employees and this scheme only continues to enhance this.
As an organisation we are constantly striving to ensure that we achieve equality of opportunity for all and will continue to push forward the diversity agenda and change the culture of our Service so that it reflects this commitment.
We have already formed good relations with community groups and will continue this in the future, which helped us when devising new initiatives to support the recruitment and retention of our employees. This revised scheme will ensure that every employee is aware of their responsibilities and that we have a clear and consistent approach to our obligations.