Firefighters and young people came together last night (16 May) to raise the rainbow flag to mark the Service’s support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities across Nottinghamshire.
Young people from Outburst, a youth group which provides support for 13-18-year-olds who identify as LGBT, visited #WestBridgford Fire Station to mark the Service’s support of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), which takes place today (17 May).
The Service is a Stonewall Top 100 employer and is supporting the day by flying rainbow flags and banners at work locations across the station.
The visit saw the young people learn about the role of a firefighter before trying on equipment including breathing apparatus and helmets, with many commenting that they would be interested in joining NFRS in the future.
Talking of the Service’s support for IDAHOT, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Wayne Bowcock, said: "This day marks the progress made in achieving equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members of society, demonstrates support for LGBT communities and aims to raise awareness of Homophobia and Transphobia throughout workplaces and wider society.
"We look forward to further building upon the progress the Service has made in recent years in supporting our LGBT colleagues and communities”
Jo Wellans, Co-ordinator of Outburst in Nottingham, said: “It was great to come down West Bridgford to raise the flag, as it is really important that everyone is inclusive of LGBT communities.
“The firefighters were really welcoming and it was really interesting to hear about their jobs and how the fire service supports LGBT communities.”