Pride gets fire service backing

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FIREFIGHTERS were on hand to support Sunderland’s second Pride event.

Pride is an annual national celebration where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the community come together to celebrate.

The fire and rescue service took part in the city’s event on Sunday to represent and celebrate our diversity and to show support for employees and partners who participated in the event.

In the morning, the service hosted a Pride breakfast reception at Sunderland East Community Fire Station in Millfield, which was attended by around 70 people.

Staff then joined the Pride March from Sunderland Civic Centre to Park Lane Village, where they gave fire safety advice and promoted the Service as an employer of choice to the LGBT community.

Tyne and Wear Fire Authority chairman, Coun Tom Wright, said: “Despite the current financial climate and the challenges ahead, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is fully committed to all aspects of diversity and equality.”