Most religions recognise the existence of other faiths and beliefs and will now often encourage and embrace co-existence.
As an employer and service provider, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service works to promote good relations among people of different faiths, including those that have no religious beliefs. The Service has taken some steps to provide facilities and support for employees and the members of the public including:
Individual Support During Working Time
Most of Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service premises will have a quiet room for reflection or prayer. These quiet rooms can be used by individuals or groups of any faith, religion or belief during working hours. The rooms are also available to members of the public who may be attending any of our premises. As well as providing such space for quiet prayer, relaxation or meditation, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service will consider individual staff requests for religious related activities for different faiths, religions and beliefs.
The Chaplain Service
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service offers a Chaplain Service to support employees, whether they are practicing member of one of the world faiths or not. The Service offers help for staff in dealing with questions about religion or belief, faith and spirituality. It can also be used as ‘just someone to talk to.’
Religion or Belief of the Workforce
|Religion or Belief Profile of the Workforce|
The religion or belief profile of the workforce remains largely Christian which accounts for 43.2% of the workforce. This is followed by those with no religion who account for 30.4% of all staff. The proportion of staff who did not state their religion or belief continues to fall and this year it’s down to 23.5% from 39.4% two years ago. The improved declaration rates was a result of an initiative to increase the quality of equality monitoring returns for all staff.