VICSES joined emergency services from across Victoria for the 2016 Pride March.
VICSES Chief Officer Trevor White, Deputy Chief Officer David Baker and Fluffy the white Samoyed Teddy with his handler Dennis led a record number of VICSES volunteers and staff through St Kilda as part of the Midsummer Festival 2016 Pride March.
This year was the first time all emergency services including ambulance Victoria, Country Fire Authority and Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) marched as a single unit to celebrate diversity, equality and inclusivity within the Victorian emergency services.
Brimbank SES volunteer and event organiser Christ Welsh found it both humbling and rewarding to see such a large group of representatives come out to represent VICSES.
“Our members thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere, energy and crowds as we walked to a thunderous applause for the public supporting the Victorian Emergency Service members participating especially considering this year we had both our Chief Officer Trevor White and our new Deputy Chief Officer David Baker (who hadn't even formally started with the organisation yet) both marched with our members and led our contingent."
“With this leadership and support, I’m confident that VICSES members can continue to attend these community events to represent the organisation that we serve with pride and enthusiasm."
“2016 was the 21st anniversary for the Melbourne GLBT Pride March and this year’s theme was about marriage equality. VICSES’s underpinning values of acceptance, diversity, inclusivity, respect, equality and community show that we support all members of our community that we provide our services to irrespective of their age, gender, sexual identity, background or religion."