Local Government (LG) Improvement and Development (formerly IDeA), in partnership with the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA), has produced the new Fire and Rescue Services Equality Framework (FRS EF) - External Link to a PDF not under the control of ESFRS.
The FRS EF recognises and addresses equality and diversity objectives that are a priority for the fire and rescue service. The FRS EF is outcome-focused and based upon the same principles as the EFLG, including the use of three achievement levels:
It has also been cross-mapped with the national 'Fire and Rescue Service: Equality and diversity strategy 2008 to 2018' to incorporate the same five priority areas stated in that document.
The priority areas of performance are:
In March 2009 ESFRS were Peer Assessed by The Improvement & Development Agency (IDeA).
The Peer Assessment rated ESFRS as an 'Achieving' Fire & Rescue Service.
Our self-assessment and our assessor recommendations can be viewed below.
East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service underwent a Peer Challenge in March 2012 and has been successful in being externally assessed as Excellent Level of the FRS Equality Framework, at this level we have shown particularly good practice in the following:-
As a result of achieving Excellent, ESFRS will continue to be an exemplar on equalities issues across East Sussex and the City of Brighton & Hove and is working to an Improvement Plan to implement actions into the future.
Equality Peer Challenge East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service March 26- 28 2012 Report [pdf, 254K, opens in new tab]