Monday, 29 July 2013

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service proud to be Pride!




 East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service will once again be taking part in the community led extravaganza that is Brighton & Hove Pride.

Two fire engines will be taking part in the parade this Saturday (3rd August), one from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and one from neighbouring Kent Fire & Rescue Service. They’ll be decorated with balloons, pictures and flags and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service staff will be joined by Community Volunteers and colleagues from other Fire & Rescue Services during the parade.

The emphasis will firmly be on fun at Preston Park afterwards. This year’s theme is ‘gay icons - legends and heroes’ and in partnership with Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, we have developed a concept of ‘Be your own hero’ to encourage people to look after their own safety.

The Community Contact Point at the Park will be set up with a red carpet and people will have an opportunity to come up to the action film backdrop and have their photo taken in their best hero pose! 


The photos will be converted to a film flyer with title and credits and put online so that individuals can print them off at home. 

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service will also be giving away popcorn, Pride flag temporary tattoos and postcards.

The Service is also bringing along firefighters uniforms for people to wear and pose for in photos, but please bring along your own camera to capture the moment.
Gary Ferrand, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, said: “East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are delighted to be taking part in this community led event and supporting our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community across the county. 

“We would like to thank people for supporting us in promoting community inclusion and cohesion.”

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were recently voted 93rd amongst the top 100 employers in Britain in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2013.

The Workplace Equality Index is Britain's leading tool for employers to measure their efforts to tackle discrimination and create inclusive workplaces for lesbian, gay and bisexual employees. Since 2005 more than 750 major employers have taken part in the Index, using Stonewall's criteria as a model for good practice.
East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service was placed 111th in the 2012 Index, 93rd in 2011 and 67th in the 2010 Index. A firm and clear, continuing culture of equality within the Service, which includes staff support networks, raising awareness within the organisation and externally and working closely with other public sector organisations, all helped to ensure a consistent placing within the Index.

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