esfrs prideEast Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has demonstrated its importance to the community by once again playing an active role in Brighton & Hove Pride last weekend [3 Aug].

Two fire engines took part in the parade including 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 ESFRS joined 160,000 participants and spectators to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community across the county.

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Ahead of the weekend's festivities, the Service also held a conference alongside the Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA). The central theme related to the Asian LGBT community and the challenges that presents.

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."