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The Equality Act 2010

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service have embraced the equality legislation and the Public Sector Equality Duty it places upon the Service, both as an employer and as a service provider.

The Equality Act was introduced in 2010, bringing together the laws on equality into one piece of legislation with the aim of simplifying their application.

The purpose of the Act is to provide protection against discrimination and promote equality of opportunity for individuals and groups with protected characteristics.

You can read more about the Equality Act 2010 on the Home Office Website at

Our Equality Duties

The Equality Act 2010 set out a number of duties that we, as a public sector organisation, had to carry out to ensure that equality issues became a part of day to day work. These duties include:

  • Eliminating harassment, victimisation and any other discriminating conduct
  • Advancing equality of opportunity between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not
  • Foster good relations between persons who share a protected characteristic and persons who do not
  • Publishing compliance information and statistical information about the services employees and the communities we serve
  • Producing measurable objectives and reporting on the work towards achieving them