- Friday, 17 July 2020 15:46
Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) is marking Weston-super-Mare (WSM) Pride by wrapping an operational fire engine in support of the event which takes place online this weekend.
This latest rainbow wrapped fire engine joins two others currently based at Bath and Temple fire stations.
The Service felt it was a natural move to represent its support of Pride in the three major urban areas normally hosting a parade.
AF&RS has been very active with Pride celebrations this year despite not being able to participate in street parades.
Bath, Temple and WSM fire stations have instead hosted onsite celebrations on the “would be parade” dates.
AF&RS celebrated Global Pride in June by publishing a video on social media, sharing memories from Pride 2019 and showing support from staff working on trucks, at the fire stations and of course at home.
Staff at the Fire & Rescue HQ also hosted a celebration with a personalised rainbow cake from a local baker in Portishead.
Richard Stokes, Diversity Inclusion Cohesion & Equality (DICE) Manager for AF&RS says: “Fire doesn’t discriminate and neither do we. This is not a slogan for us; it truly reflects the values and beliefs of all our staff.
“Every year we take the opportunity show our support to all members of our local communities by taking part in the parades.
“This year has moved the celebrations from the streets to online and we are extremely proud to be part of this across our region.
“Beyond that, we strive to be an inclusive organisation and would welcome people from the LGBTQ+ community to join our organisation.”
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You can support the fire engines and crew by tweeting with #FRSPride20 if you see one of the wrapped vehicles out in public.