Tuesday, 5 August 2014

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service - Proud of Pride!

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service continues to play an active role in Brighton & Hove Pride and once again took part in the community led extravaganza that is Pride!

Two fire engines took part in the parade on Saturday 3rd August, one from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and one from neighbouring Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service. They were decorated with balloons, pictures and flags and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service staff were joined by Community Volunteers and colleagues from other Fire & Rescue Services during the parade.

This year’s theme was ‘The world is a disco’ and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service joined 160,000 participants and spectators to support our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community across the county.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and the Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA) also held a conference on Friday 1st August to mark Brighton Pride.

The central theme related to the Asian LGBT community and the challenges that presents. This conference was aimed at helping delegates learn from others, share good practice and explore some of the more complex issues surround the Asian community.

Human rights and social justice campaigner, Peter Tatchell, was the key note speaker at the ‘We don’t talk about that’ conference.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Gary Ferrand, said: “East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has a long history of supporting Brighton Pride. 

“This year we wanted to do something extra and look at a specific issue in detail. Our conference is an opportunity to openly discuss the issues facing the LGBT and the Trans communities. We had speakers attend the event who shared their personal experiences and expertise in this area.

The conference was very well attended and included a selection of afternoon workshops and networking opportunities."

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