London Fire Brigade

Accessibility

Official accessibility statement for the London Fire Brigade website

The LFB website has been built with the intention of making the content accessible to the widest range of visitors, regardless of disability or impairment. This has been achieved by adhering to best practices, such as compliance with W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) standards. This accessibility statement records the main steps that we have taken to accommodate the needs of disabled people.

If you are experiencing any problems with our site or would like to suggest accessibility improvements – we would like to know - please use the feedback form.

Our website is speech enabled

This website is speech enabled with Browsealoud. Browsealoud reads web pages aloud for people who find it difficult to read online.

Reading large amounts of text on screen can be difficult for those with literacy and visual impairments. The tool is also useful for site users who do not have English as their first language.

To use browsealoud on your computer download a free plug-in from the Browsealoud website.


Standards compliance

The pages on this website were built in 2008 to comply with a minimum standard of WCAG AA (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines), complying with all priority one and two guidelines of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

The pages on this site were tested using Bobby software, and comply with the guidelines on which Bobby is based. Where test results from Bobby have indicated either a warning or a failure to comply with standards these issues have been addressed, and decisions made individually.

  • All pages on this site validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional
  • All pages on this site use structured semantic markup. H1 tags are used for main titles, H2, H3 and H4 tags for subtitles.
  • JAWS users can skip to the next section within pages on this website by pressing ALT+INSERT+3.

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Navigation aids

  • All pages include links to the home page, a consistently applied top and footer menu bar and a site-wide search box.
  • The breadcrumb trail is an additional (or secondary) navigational aid and runs underneath the top menu header on every page of the website. Breadcrumb trails clearly show a particular page's location within our website and help illustrate the content's relationship to parent pages or higher level concepts.
  • Our site map is another navigational aid that provides at a single glance an overview of the top information / subject areas on our website.
  • You can navigate menu items or select links within a page by using a mouse or the "tab" key on your keyboard. To navigate back, simply hold down the "Shift" key and then press the "Tab key".

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Fonts

This site uses only relative font sizes, compatible with the user-specified “text size” option in visual browsers.

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer (6 & 7): go to the View menu, select Text Size that you prefer.
  • Firefox: go to the View menu, select Zoom in or out (increase Ctrl + +, decrease Ctrl  – – ).
  • Opera, go to the Tools menu: select Preferences then click on the Web pages tab. Select the normal font button. A dialogue box appears and provides options to increase/decrease font size, font type, weight and style.
  • safari: go to the Edit menu, select Preferences, click Advanced, select checkbox 2never use font sizes smaller than" and input an appropriate font size.

You should be aware that although the LFB website has been built to accommodate changed font sizes, that is not the case with all websites.

Further help with fonts

Some visually impaired web users may need to take further steps to make websites visible.

  • Internet Explorer and many other browsers enable you to specify your own Cascading Style Sheet that will override the styling of the websites that you view. This will give you full control of the visual appearance of the text in websites. You can find out more about specifying your own CSS file by using the Help function within your web browser software.
  • We have also provided a high visibility version of our website
  • Abilitynet factsheets

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Images

Significant images used on this site have a text equivalent or ALT-text (alternative text descriptions).

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Visual and colour design

This site uses cascading style sheets for visual layout. If your browser or browsing device does not support stylesheets at all, the content of each page is still readable. We have also provided a high visibility version of our website

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Adobe PDF documents and Flash player

Documents marked Acrobot Icon are provided in Portable Document Format (PDF). To read them you will need a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader. This is freely available to download from Adobe.  

Adobe Flash Player is a free plug-in which allows you to watch animation and games on the internet. To enjoy the animations or games on this site, you will need Adobe Flash Player version 9 or higher, and a fast internet connection. Please check with a parent or guardian before entering any personal information and get their permission before downloading this plug-in. Download Adobe Flash Player

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Plain English

This website has been written in plain / jargon free English to ensure users can understand the pages and get what they want from the site.

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Links

Many links have title attributes, which describe the link in greater detail. Links are written to make sense out of context.

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