Fire and rescue service equality framework

The FRSEF was revised in 2017 in response to a number of significant developments including Fire Service Reform, the establishment of a Fire Inspectorate and the work of the NJC-led Inclusive Fire Service Group.


The framework is intended to help fire and rescue services:

  • deliver the best possible services to their communities and those who are most vulnerable or at risk
  • employ a workforce that reflects the changing role of Services and the diversity of the area they are serving
  • provide equality of opportunity for all staff and demonstrate due regard for and the value of difference
  • ensure that all staff are treated with dignity and respect and have a workplace that is free from harassment and bullying

The framework has five priority areas of action and performance:

  • Leadership, partnership and organisational commitment
  • Community knowledge and engagement
  • Effective service delivery
  • Employment conditions, health and wellbeing
  • Recruitment, training and progression

The framework supports the LGA’s Peer Challenge process.

Download the framework