NFRS shows visible support for LGBT communities



Rainbow flags will be flying at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service work locations throughout the county from 15 – 22 May as part of the Service’s actions for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on Thursday 17 May.

As part of the activities for the day, the Service will also undertake some online engagement including a live Q&A with members of Nottingham LGBT youth group Outburst, given the impact of COVID-19.  Due to COVID-19 we have chosen to join online engagement as an alternative to visits to stations.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Craig Parkin, the Service's Strategic Lead on Equality and LGBT issues, said: "The day is an opportunity to reflect on the progress made towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality within society and raises awareness of the impact Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia can have both within workplaces and wider society.

“The Service is proud to provide visible support to LGBT communities again in 2020 as part of its commitment to being an inclusive employer and service provider to all Nottinghamshire communities. As a Service we take every opportunity to support LGBT colleagues and service users and know we have much more to do and will not be complacent in our efforts and commitment."

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service has worked hard to promote LGBT equality in employment and the way it delivers its services to the public.

As a member of Stonewall, the Service will be measuring its achievements against other organisations through the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index later this year.

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