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CFA Pride flies the flag
CFA and other emergency services participated in the Pride March for the first time in early 2015.
The annual march supports Victoria's Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transexual Intersex (LGBTI) community and then-Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said, “This is about CFA recognising that we need to encourage diversity within the organisation – and we’re really proud to be here.”
The CFA Pride Facebook page now has 1300 followers. It aims to foster equality and promotes the contribution of the LGBTI community within CFA, building a social network where members can interact and organise events.
Terence Sanford is in his second term as Noble Park captain and is one of three LGBTI members in his brigade alone. He is also one of three CFA Pride ambassadors.
“I’m happy and proud to be an out firefighter,” said Terence. “I’m open about who I am and I have great support at my brigade where I work with about 60 other members of 17 different nationalities.
“As a Pride ambassador, I’m a contact person. We want to let people know that CFA is friendly and welcoming and spread more into the grassroots of the organisation. A brigade is made up of different personalities and characteristics and it’s important that LGBTI members feel comfortable in this working environment.
“CFA Pride is an opportunity for solidarity if someone is having hassles and doesn’t know where to go. Not everyone is in a community, a family or at a time of life where they feel able to come out.
“They need to hear the positive stuff and we can help.”