Hants Firemen take appliance to Gay event…

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Hants Fire & Rescue will not be hiring this Pink Fire Engine, which has been converted into a Limo….

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) will be attending Brighton PRIDE on 3 August 2013, taking an appliance through the procession to show their support to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community across the region. Sadly they haven’t told us what that appliance might be…

HFRS do however tell us that operational and non-operational, gay and straight men and women from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service will join in the celebrations along the colourful route.

As well as demonstrating their support for the LGBT community, HFRS will be joining forces with the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, delivering vital fire safety information to revellers during the celebrations in the Preston Park area.

We’re told that visitors will be able to “Be their own hero” and feature in their own promotional movie poster!

HFRS is currently running a ‘Be your own hero’ campaign.  The campaign builds on the theme for this year’s Brighton PRIDE, which is gay icons, legends and heroes and encourages people to look after their own safety.

Chief Officer John Bonney, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s LGBT Diversity Champion somewhat ambiguously commented:

“We look forward to marching at Brighton PRIDE, it is always a lot of fun! The parade route will be lined with thousands of people and is a colourful event that anyone can enjoy, whatever their sexual orientation.”

“Despite all the fun and celebration, there is a serious message behind the event for us.  Through our ‘Be your own hero’ campaign  we are aiming to engage with as many people as possible and to encourage them to do what they can to reduce risk for themselves, which helps to make life safer for everyone.”

We presume Chief Officer Bonney was being straight when he said that, and referring to the risks of fire…

You can view the promotional movie trailer for ‘Be your own hero’ at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjxDW75Pi-s

In this years Council Tax Bill, for a Band C property in the Borough of Eastleigh, Hampshire Fire & Rescue share was £54.56

Should our Council Tax be spent in this way, on an event that isn’t even in taking place in Hampshire, not even in a neighbouring county…?

Let us know what you think.

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site. 

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  2 comments for “Hants Firemen take appliance to Gay event…

  1. John Renard
    July 29, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    I pay my taxes for the fire service to protect the Hampshire community, not for the Chief Officer to indulge in displays of political correctness.

    It is the same with the Hampshire Constabulary which, while failing to provide adequate policing and blaming lack of cash, manages to spend (waste?) thousands annually on similar nonsense.

    All this is actually driven from the Home Office. Today’s Chief Constables and Chief Fire Officers get Brownie points for being politically correct.

    To object to such posturing at public expense is not homophobic. It is a reminder that our “over stretched” emergency services should use our taxes for the correct purpose.

  2. July 30, 2013 at 9:31 am

    If the event was held in Hampshire it would be no different to a Fire Engine & Crew doing the PR aspect of the job at, say a local carnival. I doubt anybody would have a problem with it.

    But this trip to Brighton is clearly a ‘jolly’. Somebody at the top of HFRS has made a big mistake in permitting HFRS resources to be used for this purpose…

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