Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service unveils ‘wrapped’ fire engine for Pride

His first appearance will be at Cheltenham’s Picnic in the Park event on Sunday May 15, which will be attended by GFRS members alongside colleagues from Gloucestershire County Council.

The Pride wrap will be a permanent feature of the fire engine and it will support other Pride in Gloucestershire events taking place throughout the summer:

  • Sunday June 12 – Pride in the Cotswolds (Cirencester)
  • Sunday July 17 – Pride in the Forest (Cinderford)
  • Saturday July 23 – Stroud Pride
  • Sunday August 7 – Pride of Tewkesbury
  • Saturday September 10 – Pride in Gloucestershire (Gloucester)

This support is intended to show that GFRS does not discriminate against any community and will help underrepresented groups engage with the Service and feel empowered to apply for jobs.

It also highlights the value the Service places on diversity, ensuring that people work effectively together, regardless of their differences, so that they benefit from experiences, ideas, knowledge and cultures. varied.

Fire Chief Mark Preece (he/him) said: “We are delighted to show our support for Pride in Gloucestershire with our rainbow-wrapped fire engine. These events give us the opportunity to show our commitment to inclusivity and we always want more people from the LGBTQ+ community to join in and help make a difference in people’s lives.

Cllr Dave Norman (he/him), cabinet member responsible for the fire and rescue service, said: ‘It’s a great idea to wrap a fire truck in the colors of the rainbow and reaffirms our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. I’m sure it will be a popular event at the Picnic in the Park at Cheltenham on Sunday and at many other events planned throughout the summer.

For more information on the Picnic in the Park event and others planned this year, see https://prideinglos.org.uk/