We have a legal obligation to track and publish certain information about our DICE work. While it is a requirement, it is a useful tool in helping us to achieve our objectives and we would continue to do this even if not required by law.
The diversity of our staff
By looking at who works for us, we can see if we are reflecting the community we serve. We can also use this information to see if there are any problems with our recruitment or promotion policies, or if there are issues with our culture which are discouraging people from certain background from working for us.
Every 12 months we publish a report showing the diversity breakdown of our staff, which you can read here.
We know we have particular challenges around the recruitment and retention of women into operational firefighting roles. Across the UK there are also issues around the way women are treated and paid in the workplace. Every 12 months we publish a Gender Pay Gap report, which shows the difference in the average pay between all men and women in our workforce. We use the results of this exercise to help us plan changes in our policy practice, and you can view the latest report here. You can also view historical reports here.
Our work in the community
As a service one of our main aims is to reduce community risk and inequality within the four unitary areas that we serve.
The information we hold on our community is drawn from a number of sources. As a base we use Census data from 2011, but this is supplemented by our own operational intelligence which is gathered using various computer systems. We also share relevant information with our partners such as the Police, Local Authorities, health service providers, voluntary and third sector organisations and other key agencies; and deliver many initiatives in partnership with them.
This in-depth local knowledge helps us to identify households which are at greater risk so that we can tailor our interventions to make sure we deliver the right services, to the right people, at the right time. OurIntegrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) and ourCommunity Risk Reduction Strategy set out how we plan to do this.[Use existing links].
Below are a selection of short case studies which give an insight into some of the schemes we successfully delivered, either independently or jointly with our partners: