We take action to look after the needs of particular groups and to foster good relations between communities.
Having analysed our equality information we focus our community safety activities towards people who are at greater risk.
- Elderly people, especially those living alone, with mobility problems
- People living independently with physical disabilities and mental health issues
- Transient people moving through a series of shared rented housing
Developing fire as a health asset
Although Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s main focus is on keeping people safe from fire, it is also committed to helping people to live well and independently in their own homes.
Over the last couple of years, we have been exploring opportunities with Public Health England and NHS to explore opportunities in other areas such as preventing falls, supporting people with dementia and reducing excess winter deaths.
As a result, we have implemented Safe and Well Visits. Although the primary purpose of the Safe and Well visit is to reduce the fire risk - opportunities are also taken to identify health issues and provide interventions or referrals where appropriate.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service is particularly keen to support elderly residents living in their own homes as this group are at greatest risk from fire.
In the workplace
When through our workforce data and staff feedback, we identify where improvements are needed, we take action.
Examples of this include:
- Engaging in an anti-bullying awareness campaign.
- Diversity awareness training for managers.
- Senior managers taking personal ownership of diversity initiatives.
- Human resources professionals working alongside managers to quality assure fair practice.
- Setting up disability and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) support groups and information websites.
- Programmes of fitness and literacy training and a well-used Wellbeing intranet zone.
- Providing support, adjustments and/or redeployment for individuals with disabilities or health limitations, such as a new computer tool for staff with dyslexia.