West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is looking forward to attending Leeds Pride 2019, the annual gay pride celebration about to take over the city this weekend!
Look out for our branded fire engine in the parade – marked up in the rainbow pride colours and emblazoned with the message “fire doesn’t discriminate, and neither do we!”
Alongside the engine will be a firefighter stilt walker, our search and rescue dogs Jessie and Eddie, and crews and fire service staff marching to show WYFRS’ support for the legendary event.
This year’s Leeds Pride parade, which is Yorkshire’s largest annual celebration of LGBT+ life, will set off at 2pm from Millennium Square on Sunday, August 4th. However our firefighters and fire engine will be in the square from 12pm, where people are welcome to meet our crews and have pictures with the engine.
The parade will then proceed through the city and end with live entertainment in Lower Briggate and around the city’s Freedom Quarter.
Watch Commander Anthony Devine (LGBT Staff Network Chair) said: “We encourage all our employees to be the best version of themselves whilst at work and in order to do this you have to bring your whole self to work with you. Our attendance at Leeds Pride is one of the ways we demonstrate to our friends, communities and colleagues that fire doesn’t discriminate and neither do we.
“Everyone always has lots of fun, it’s an extremely enjoyable event. We have some surprises for this year and we can’t wait to show everyone.”
Colleagues at North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service have also been invited to attend and celebrate with WYFRS to mark the day.