Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is committed to the promotion of respect and understanding for the communities in which we serve and to promoting equality of opportunity amongst our employees.
We aim to increase the diversity of our workforce by working with local communities, trade unions and staff networks to promote career opportunities. Where under-representation exists we shall consider how to attract the widest pool of qualified applicants.
A Job Interview Guarantee Scheme (JIGS) is operated by the Service. Under this scheme an applicant with a disability will be guaranteed an interview, or guaranteed an automatic invitation to the first stage of an assessment process, provided they meet the essential criteria for the job.
We will make reasonable adjustments in the recruitment and employment of people with a disability. This can include adjustments to recruitment and selection procedures, working arrangements and physical changes to premises or equipment.
All application forms include an Equal Opportunities form to collect data around age, gender, marital status, disability, religion, sexual orientation and ethnic origin. This allows the Service to analyse its recruitment practices to ensure there are no perceived or actual barriers to selection processes.
Valuing differences, treating people fairly and judging people on merit makes for a better Fire and Rescue Service and we are determined to ensure equality of service to all sections of the Community.