Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service (WFRS) along with a number of other agencies took part in Warwickshire Pride last Saturday at the Pump Room Gardens in Leamington Spa.
Leamington Spa Fire Station had a fire engine on display wrapped in Pride colours in support of the celebrations and staff were among an exciting variety of activities and entertainment including fairground rides, live performances, food and drink stalls and much more.
Crews, staff and volunteers from across WFRS were also sharing useful information on fire prevention, promoting safe and well checks and celebrating the “on-call” recruitment campaign – encouraging people from all walks of life to consider becoming an on-call firefighter.
By taking part in Warwickshire Pride 2019, WFRS wanted to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and show its support in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in Warwickshire, with the aim of eliminating all discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Talking about the event, Chief Fire Officer for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, Kieran Amos, said:
“Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service takes great pride in being an open and inclusive organisation and it was an honour to support Warwickshire Pride 2019. It was a fantastic event and opportunity to celebrate equality and diversity across Warwickshire.”
Councillor Andy Crump, Portfolio Holder for Fire and Rescue and Community Safety, said:
“Thank you to all those who joined WFRS at Warwickshire Pride 2019. We hope that by taking part in the event, all LGBTQ+ members of our community feel included, safe and supported by WFRS.”
If you were at Warwickshire Pride last Saturday and had a chance to see Leamington fire station’s Pride themed truck, we would like to encourage you to share your images on social media and tag @WarwickshireFireandRescueService on Facebook and @WarksFireRescue on Twitter and Instagram to spread the message of equality and diversity in Warwickshire.