07 August 2018
members of northants fire & rescue at Brighton Pride

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) was pleased to show its support for equality, individuality and inclusivity at this year’s Brighton Pride.

The event, which was held from August 3 to 5, and attracted visitors from around the world, was attended by CRG Watch Commander Ashley Tugby as a representative of NFRS.

NFRS was just one of the fire services represented at the festival, which was also attended by services including East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS) as well as West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, which supplied a fire appliance decorated in rainbow colours.

Accepting people as individuals

Ashley Tugby said: “I was really proud to attend from NFRS after being invited by ESFRS. I think it goes some way to show how important inclusivity really is to our service.

“I am extremely passionate about accepting people as individuals and treating all people, regardless of their background or sexuality, with dignity and respect.”

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Shaun Hallam said: “We were really pleased Ashley could attend Brighton Pride for us. As a service we stand against discrimination and this is certainly something we try to reflect in our recruitment campaigns for on-call or wholetime firefighters.

"Being a firefighter is open to all, a person’s gender or sexuality does not matter. Diversity really brings huge value to our organisation.”

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