Diabetes UK has just launched its survey of firefighters and control staff with diabetes. Our aim is to find out how the Fire and Rescue Service has accommodated operational staff with diabetes since the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) was extended to cover the police, fire and prison services in October 2004.
This project is unique in bringing together all the key players in the field: the Fire Brigades Union (FBU); the Fire Officers’ Association (FOA); the Retained Firefighters Union (RFU); a new disability network, the National Disabled Fire Service Employees Association; the Chief Fire Officers’ Association (CFOA) and the Disability Rights Commission (DRC).Simon O’Neill, Director of Care and Policy, at Diabetes UK said: "This survey will give us a detailed picture of what is currently happening within the service. We know that there is no reason why officers with well controlled diabetes should not be able to carry out their duties. The findings of this survey will help us to promote good practice and start a constructive dialogue with employers."Under the DDA it is now unlawful for an employer to operate blanket bans on the recruitment of people with diabetes. Similarly, if an employee develops diabetes during employment, reasonable adjustments must be made to accommodate them.This means that firefighters and control staff with diabetes should be individually assessed before any decision is taken regarding their fitness to undertake duties.Surveys are available below, or by calling 020 7 424 1161. You can also firstname.lastname@example.org@diabetes.org.ukto request a copy.
Completed surveys should be returned by 31st March 2006Completed surveys should be returned by 31st March 2006Send completed surveys to Fabienne Jacquet or Naomi Goldberg, Diabetes UK, 10 Parkway, London NW1 7AA. You can also reply by email using the addresses above.