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CFA to march with Pride in 2016
Next Sunday 31January, CFA members will again join with other emergency services to march down St Kilda’s Fitzroy Street as part of the 2016 Gay & Lesbian Midsumma festival.
South East ACO Trevor Owen was one of the many CFA marchers last year and will be marching again next Sunday. ACO Owen encourages all CFA members and their families to come along to support and recognise Victoria's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community and firefighters.
“It’s not only a great day out but an opportunity to demonstrate that CFA is an inclusive organisation that recognises our firefighters and brigades are as diverse as the many communities we serve,” says ACO Owen.
Evolved from a grassroots idea by one of our Gippsland volunteers, CFA Pride has grown to be widely known across the organisation and now has three ambassadors Lee Cameron, Russell Wright and Terence Sanford, all of whom are volunteer firefighters.
Our CFA Pride ambassadors tell us that last year CFA had a fantastic turn out with most wearing blue uniform. This year, to really stand out they are asking everyone to wear their yellow turnout pants, if you have them. If not, your blue uniform or CFA work wear will be just as good. Last year we had a fantastic turn out with most people in blue uniform.
Of course, fire readiness and activity levels will dictate how many operationally dedicated members can participate in the parade, but we are keen to have as many members there as we can.
CFA Pride ambassadors also recommend that members and supporters who wish to march allow plenty of time to register on the day. The first 100 will receive free entry to the after-event barbecue hosted by Ambulance Victoria.
This year CFA members and fellow marchers are asked to assemble at the corner of Lakeside Drive and Fitzroy Street St Kilda from 12:30pm for registration by 1pm. The march starts at 2pm.
Midsumma is a huge celebration so be sure to allow plenty of time for travelling and getting to the event.