This accessibility statement applies to the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service website (www.northyorksfire.gov.uk)
This website is run by North Yorkshire 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:
- change colours, contrast levels and fonts (in your browser settings)
- zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
- 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 (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)
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.
An Access key is a keyboard shortcut that replaces the need to use a mouse for navigation. In most Windows browsers you can press ALT + an access key; and Macintosh users can press Control + ALT (Option) + an access key. Then, if necessary, press Enter to activate the link.
The following Access keys are enabled throughout the website:
1 : Jump to Home page
3 : Jump to Site Map
9 : Contact us
0 : Jump to Accessibility Statement page (this page)
These Access keys are based on UK Government guidelines. We have attempted to avoid conflicts with commonly used operating system shortcuts.
How accessible this website is
We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:
- most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
- older videos do not have captions
- there’s a limit to how far you can magnify the map on our ‘our fire stations’ page however this content is also available in an accessible format on our contact us page
- some pages and document attachments are not written in plain English
- some documents have poor colour contrast
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- call 01609 780150
- using our contact form for website feedback
We’ll consider your request and get back to you in.
Reporting accessibility problems with this website
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:
Corporate Communications Team
By email using email@example.com
or in writing at:
Corporate Communications Team
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service HQ
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).
Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person.
We provide a text relay service for people who are D/deaf, hearing impaired or have a speech impediment.
Our offices have audio induction loops, or if you contact us before your visit we can arrange a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
North Yorkshire 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, due to the ‘non-compliances’ listed below.
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
- Some PDF and Word documents published after 23 September 2018 are not fully accessible. We aim to fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages by March 2023.
- A keyboard focus does not reliably appear on the “three lines” menu that appears when this website is viewed with a narrow window width. This fails WCAG Success Criterion 2.4.7: Focus Visible. We aim to fix this issue by December 2022.
- In some circumstances, colour contrast is insufficient on menu items when keyboard navigation is used on the menu that appears when this website is viewed with a wide window width. This fails WCAG Success Criterion 1.4.3: Contrast (Minimum). We aim to fix this issue by December 2022.
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
PDFs and other documents
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 copies of our corporate documents.
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.
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
We’re working to fix the non-compliances identified above.
We’re working to make our website more accessible through the use of plain English throughout the site.
We 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 first prepared on 25 May 2021. It was last reviewed on 21 November 2022.
This website was last tested on 21 October 2022. The test was carried out by our website developers, Urban River Creative.
Urban River tested the pages using WAVE and manually confirming certain elements to be accessible such as alt-keys. We have tested the following pages:
We took this approach as the website is built with various components and this covers all of the components used on all of the other pages of the website.