18 January 2010

Children from Ruskin Junior School in Wellingborough will be presented with certificates of achievement by Northamptonshire County Council’s fire and rescue service tomorrow (Tuesday 19th January).

The students took part in a competition run by the fire and rescue service to draw pictures of the fire and rescue service, communities, family and friends for a new equality publication.

The publication details the fire and rescue service’s first equality scheme. The scheme illustrates the service’s commitment to eliminating discrimination, promoting equal opportunities and developing good relations with communities in the county. It aims to ensure that people consider the need for equality throughout their work, when planning, delivering or monitoring their services.

A fire crew will be at the school for a special assembly, during which all children who took part will be presented with a certificate of achievement. The 11 children whose drawings have been chosen to be included in the publication will also receive an art set and framed version of their winning picture.

County council cabinet member for customers and communities Councillor Andre Gonzalez de Savage said: “Every single member of staff within the fire and rescue service carries out an important role to ensure that we are serving and protecting our local communities and we need to ensure they are equipped to do so.

"The recent work on dyslexia is helping us to ensure that we are aware and responsive to the different needs of our staff, both those already working in the service and future applicants, and I am pleased that we have been able to work in partnership with other fire and rescue services in the East Midlands to achieve this.

"We are passionately committed to the equality and diversity of our service, both within the service and in the service we provide to communities so it makes sense that we have asked an important part of one of our local communities, a local school, to help us produce the document.

“The children of Ruskin School have produced some wonderful drawing and artwork for this publication and I congratulate the winning 11 students for being chosen to be featured in this important document.”