This accessibility statement applies to information on www.southwales-fire.gov.uk
We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website, and have therefore embedded assistive technology (Recite Me) to improve its accessibility.
This means that you should be able to:
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.
We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:
If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, please email us at: email@example.com
We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 10 working days.
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, please use our contact us form to get in touch.
It’s possible that you will find an occasional PDF that has not yet been fixed. If that’s the case please let us know so we can take action.
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).
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.
Find out how to contact us.
South Wales 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.
Some poor colour contrast between the background and foreground remains, which is due to a cookie issue that has been identified by our website developer. This fails WCAG 2.1 AA 1.4.3. We plan to purchase and install CIVIC Cookie Control to resolve this issue.
Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 A F30. We plan to add text alternatives for all images. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.
Some Office documents and PDFs have a blank document title, and some figures and images in PDFs do not contain ALT text. This fails WCAG 2.1 A F25 and WCAG 2.1 A F65. Documents will be titled and figures and images will contain ALT text.
PDFs must be tagged to be accessible by screen readers. This fails WCAG 2.1 A 1.3.1. PDFs will be tagged.
PDFs do not all have the lang attribute to identify the language of the page. This fails WCAG 2.1 A 3.1.1. The language will be set using Document Properties in Acrobat. This allows screen readers to pronounce words correctly.
iframe and frame elements must have a title attribute. This fails WCAG 2.1 A 2.4.1. A title attribute or ARIA label will be added to each iframe and frame element (e.g. title=’This is the title or purpose of the iframe’).
Form field labels should be unique on a page or enclosed in a fieldset with a legend that makes the label unique. This relates to the two site search forms. This fails WCAG 2.1 AA 2.4.6. A fieldset or labels to be added. Adding a fieldset with a legend differentiates the controls, because the legend text is announced along with the label text.
We are currently reviewing this website in its entirety, in order to address the non-accessible elements highlighted above.
We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.
In order to continue to improve our compliance with the accessibility regulations, we are now using a number of online tools to monitor our performance, including:
We also use Silktide Index on a monthly basis to monitor any issues, with a consideration to use Silktide in the future to provide more real-time information.
We are actively considering publishing future documents in HTML format rather than in PDF, where possible.
We aim to fix all identified accessibility issues as soon as possible.
This statement was prepared on 15 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 16 November 2022.
This website was last tested on 8 November 2022.