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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Taking Pride in Stoke

Staff from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be at Stoke Pride on Saturday handing out information on cooking safely, BBQs and the importance of fitting smoke alarms and testing them regularly.

“We will be promoting safety messages including how to have a safe barbecue, why alcohol and cooking is never a good combination, and why it is important to fit smoke alarms in our homes and to test the batteries work every month.”  

Joanne Hammersley, Equality and Diversity Assistant.

Around 5,000 visitors are expected to visit the event at Northwood Park between 1-7pm and free glow sticks will be given to anyone signing up to receive weekly reminders by email to test their smoke alarm. 

This year is the sixth Stoke Pride which is the county’s biggest gay pride party. Attractions include an appearance from X-Factor’s Diva Fever, while Queen-of-Clean Kim Woodburn is due to open the event at 1pm. Also on the bill are DJs, singers, dancers, performers and local drag queen acts. 

Joanne Hammersley, Equality and Diversity Assistant for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Stoke Pride is for everyone. The event does enable public and private sector organisations and charities to engage the LGBT community and raise awareness of their work and services but it is also a colourful fun day out for everyone.

“The Fire Service is participating and will be taking along a Targeted Response Vehicle (TRV) which is a small fire appliance and staff will be promoting safety messages including how to have a safe barbecue, why alcohol and cooking is never a good combination, and why it is important to fit smoke alarms in our homes and to test the batteries work every month.”