Shoppers in Hull were surprised to see the latest addition to Humberside Fire and Rescue Service’s (HFRS) fleet roll into Queen Victoria Square emblazoned in rainbow colours on Tuesday.
The new fire engine, which will be based at the city’s Calvert Lane fire station is the result of a close working relationship between the service and Pride in Hull, which has been named the first ever ‘UK Pride’ and coincides with the city’s reign as UK City of Culture 2017. Featuring the Pride in Hull logo and the message ‘Fire doesn’t discriminate, neither do we’, the engine will be part of the service’s fleet until the end of the year.
Andy Train, co-chair of the UK Pride Organisers’ Network and Trustee of Pride in Hull, said:
“We have had a close working relationship with the fire service for many years, but this year we wanted to raise the bar and do something extra special.
“We hope that the eye-catching engine will get people talking. We know that many people have certain stereotypes in their mind when they think of LGBT people and people also have preconceived ideas about the fire service. We hope that this helps to break down both of those barriers.”
The new fire engine will take pride of place in the parade and is bound to be a talking point as people see it around the city. It will also feature in the Pride in London parade on Saturday 8 July.
Chief Fire Officer Dene Sanders was delighted to launch the latest addition to the Service’s fleet, he said:
“We are really proud as a Service to work with the Pride in Hull team to add this engine to our already colourful fleet. We have moved on significantly as a service in equality and diversity, but there is still a long way to go within organisations such as ours and the wider community we serve. The very fact that we have an engine wrapped like this as we approach the LGBT 50 celebrations shows how much progress has been made. We look forward to a colourful summer showcasing the engine at events in Hull and beyond.”