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ECFRS at Essex Pride

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service supported the Essex Pride event in Chelmsford on Sunday July 12 with a team attending the event, taking part and giving out fire safety advice and arranging for 15 home fire safety visits.

Over the course of the day long celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender life in Essex the team spoke with more than 1,000 people, and forged links with a number of organisations expanding partnership working.

The event gives the Service an excellent opportunity to engage with a normally hard to reach group and make sure that they get the advice they need to stay as fire safe as possible. The Service works hard to reach all groups in the community so events like this provide a platform to speak to people we would normally have difficulty in reaching.

A team of firefighters and community safety officers were joined by cadets and volunteers manning a stand at the event.

Matt Hill, Community Safety, said: “The day was enjoyed by everyone and gave us an excellent opportunity to provide home fire safety visits, fire safety advice, summer safety information and retained recruitment information whilst showing our support for diversity.”

Alison Loades, Chair of Being - the Service's LGB support group, said: “I have received a lot of positive feedback from people I know who attended the event, saying how great it was to see ECFRS there and to have the Service, on

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