Equality and Diversity

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Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority (The Authority) is committed to the fair treatment for all, both in terms of the service that it delivers to the communities of Tyne and Wear and in employment.

The Authority is committed to fairness and equality and the way we manage our service through our policies and procedures supports our commitment to a diverse workforce, which serves a diverse community. 

To support our commitment, we have an Equality Strategy, Equality and Diversity Policy and Dignity and Respect Policy, all available to download below. 

Equality Strategy 2012 - 2016

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority have adopted an Equality Strategy, which supersedes our Single Equality Scheme and Corporate Equality Plan and incorporates our equality data reports and equality objectives as required under the Public Sector Equality Duty.

If you wish to view or download the Equality Strategy please follow the link below

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  • Equality Strategy 2012 - 2016 [pdf / 3.73MB] The aim of the Equality Strategy is to demonstrate how TWFRA will recognise the differences between people and endeavour to meet the needs of our staff and the communities we serve. The document reflects our commitment to ensuring any inequalities are identified and where possible action is taken to address these.

What do we mean by Equality?

Equality is about ensuring people receive equal and fair treatment in terms of the service we provide and in employment.

We are committed to ensuring that our employees receive equal access to opportunities in the workplace and practice and promote this through our core values.

What do we mean by Diversity?

Diversity is about understanding, respecting and valuing all forms of difference whether they are visible or non-visible.

We recognise not all people are the same and that people have different skills, experience and knowledge to offer and as a service we endeavour to diversity our workforce to ensure that we meet the needs of the diverse community we serve.

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  • Equality and Diversity Policy [pdf / 175KB] The Authority is committed to continuous improvement in all equality and diversity matters. This policy ensures that we all work towards achieving a diverse workforce which serves a diverse community.
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  • Dignity and Respect Policy [pdf / 1.28MB] This policy is to ensure all TWFRS employees are treated equally and with respect and dignity whilst at work (or work releated events) irrespective of race, disability, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, gender reassignment or any other protected characteristics to create a positive working environment for all.



The Equality Act 2010 replaces previous anti-discrimination laws with a single Act. It simplifies the law, removing inconsistencies and making it easier for people to understand and comply with it. TWFRS is committed to complying with all aspects of the Act as well as the Public Sector Equality Duty section, which is designed to ensure that all public bodies play their part in making society fairer by tackling unlawful discrimination, providing equality of opportunity for all and fostering good relations within local communities.


Important other legislation includes the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Protection From Harassment Act 1997.