As a public service focused on excellent provision for our customers, we need to ensure equal access to our services for every person in the FRS area and those in temporary residence or transit through the country. We know through our operational assurance data that certain groups are more likely to have a fire, and they include people who are living with dementia, mobility issues, and mental health issues.
There are, however, other groups that aren’t necessarily showing as being at higher risk of a fire, but they may not be accessing our services, such as Safe and Well visits or reporting fires, because of other barriers which may be language, perceived prejudice, and other societal factors.
This consultation document focusses on equality of access for services and employment for Black people. For statistical purposes Black British people are defined as British citizens of either Indigenous African descent or of Black African-Caribbean (sometimes called 'Afro-Caribbean') background and include people with mixed ancestry from either group. This also includes people of Black heritage, as some may now be third or even fourth generation.
This document is one of many that the NFCC will be consulting upon in this regard. Others will include:
- LGBT (consultation closed 16 November 2020)
- Neurodiversity (consultation closed 30 November 2020)
- Gypsy & Traveller communities
- Vulnerable rehoused homeless
- Equality of Access and Provision of Services to our Communities
Please review the consultation documents below and submit your views via our online survey in the link below.