Accessibility statement for Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. This accessibility statement applies to www.bedsfire.gov.uk and has been updated following a review on 07/03/2022, and again on 30/08/2022. This will be reviewed annually.
This website is run by Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:
- navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
- navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
- listen to most of the website using a screen reader.
We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.
How accessible this website is
We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible. For example:
- most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
- live video streams do not have captions
- Older videos do not have captions
- Our interactive games and maps are not fully accessible
Feedback and contact information
If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:
- email PRO@Bedsfire.gov.uk
Write to us at: PRO, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters, Spring Road, Kempston, Beds MK42 7NR
- We’ll consider your request and get back to you within seven working days.
If you cannot view the map on our ‘Find a Fire Station’ page, you can email us at PRO@bedsfire.gov.uk for directions.
Reporting accessibility problems
- We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact: PRO@bedsfire.gov.uk, or call 01234 845000(ask for press office)
Write to us at: Press Office, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters, Spring Road, Kempston, Beds MK42 7NR
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.
Some older embedded videos do not have captions or audio tracks.
Some older PDFs are not in an accessible format.
We’ve assessed the resource required to fixing the issue and believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. When we publish new content we’ll make sure it meets the accessibility standards.
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations.
Users may be able to use a keyboard to access all content and functionality of a web page.
Visual text, including text-based controls may not be able to be scaled so that they can be read directly by users with visual impairments without using assistive technology such as a screen magnifier.
Keyboard navigation may not reflect a navigation sequence that is consistent with the meaning of content, such as in the main menu.
Some elements may not have sufficient colour contrast. ARIA components such as buttons, input fields, toggle fields and tooltips may not have an accessible name that details the purpose.
The aria-hidden="true" attribute may be used on focusable elements or on the body element of a page. Interactive controls like buttons and links may have child elements which are focusable.
Elements such as the carousel 'pause' button may not have a descriptive accessible name so that screen reader users can understand the destination, purpose, function, or action of the button. IDs of active elements may not be unique.
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services. For example, we do not plan to fix older documents which we are required to publish under the local government transparency guidelines.
Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.
We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations. However, where possible we will add a transcript alongside the video.
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
We’re working hard to make our website even more accessible through the use of plain English throughout the site. We also intend to make more of our documents available as HTML in the future, in addition to accessible PDFs.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was published on 22 September 2020.
This website is tested every 7 days. Tests are scheduled automatically and are monitored by the PRO team.
Site improve checks all pages on the website and displays any accessibility issues against A, AA and AAA accessibility standards.
We aim to provide services which are open to all.
For those people needing to access our services and whose first language is not English, we recommend the use of automatically translated versions of our website, available in a number of languages, using the Google Translate service available at the bottom of the page on the left hand side.
Please note: these translations are direct/automatic translations and therefore may not convey the same message as originally intended in English.
If you wish to contact us regarding any accessibility issues relating to this website, or indeed any such issue relating to our Service as a whole, please don't hesitate to get in touch.