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Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesion and Equality (DICE)

Avon Fire and Rescue Service’s (AF&RS) mission is to provide the highest standard and best value service to the community. Key to providing this is having the best people you can employed in your organisation, and clearly understanding what the job you’re doing is. Ensuring Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesion and Equality (DICE) is at the heart of our decision-making helps us to achieve both of these.

What is DICE?

We know that DICE is a longer acronym than many organisations use to describe this area of work, but we think it’s important to specifically reference all four terms. What we mean by DICE is:

Diversity: Acknowledging the fact everyone is different, and has different experiences, skills and needs.

Inclusion: Valuing the strengths diversity brings, and removing barriers to participation

Cohesion: Strong and positive relationships between people from different background, with a common vision and sense of belonging for all

Equality: Giving everyone equal access to an opportunity.

DICE isn’t about treating everyone the same. Having a diverse workforce and population we serve means some people need more support than others to have equal access to an opportunity. For example, we fit specific smoke alarms for those who are deaf or have a visual impairment. Providing these people with standard smoke alarms (treating them the same) would put them at risk, so by changing how we provide a service we are giving them equal access to the opportunity – the opportunity of staying safe in their home.