Stirling SES make Pride Parade history for DFES

Eddie White (Cockburn SES) with Stirling SES volunteers Matthew Morris and Jean Watson at the 2018 Perth Pride Parade
Eddie White (Cockburn SES) with Stirling SES volunteers Matthew Morris and Jean Watson at the 2018 Perth Pride Parade

STIRLING volunteers marked the Department of Fire and Emergency Services’ (DFES) inaugural involvement in the Perth Pride Parade.

Stirling State Emergency Services (SES) unit members represented DFES, taking on the role of parade marshals at the November 24 event.

This was the first time DFES was officially represented at the parade and meant there was representation for all WA’s emergency services, with St John Ambulance and WA Police already part of the parade.

Emergency services volunteers at the parade.

Volunteer Matthew Morris said it showed the organisation’s commitment to supporting diversity and inclusivity.

“Emergency service volunteers are part of the social fabric of our community,” he said.

“By appearing at Pride we were publicly broadcasting our message to all LGBT young people that they are welcomed, valued and respected members of our community.

“We believe that the SES values diversity and inclusion and we hope our involvement at Pride helps to contribute to a fairer and more equal society.”