Diabetes UK is today launching its 'Diabetes and the fire service - survey report'. The report looks at how the Fire and Rescue Service has accommodated personnel with diabetes since the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) was extended to cover the emergency services in October 2004.
The report will be officially launched at a parliamentary reception where speakers will include Angela Smith MP, Minister of State for Fire Service (pictured below).
The findings of the report are broadly positive and show that having diabetes is no longer a barrier to having a successful career within the service.
“We know that there is no reason why firefighters and control staff with well-controlled diabetes should not be able to carry out their duties," said Simon O’Neill Director of Care, Information and Advocacy Services.
"This report helps us reinforce the message that each person with diabetes must be individually assessed before any decision is taken regarding their fitness to undertake duties.”
The report was compiled in collaboration with a variety of partner organisations, including the Disability Rights Commission and the International Register of Firefighters with diabetes.
Copies of the report can be downloaded on the right.