Fire brigades spend £17,000 of taxpayers' money on decorating engines in rainbow colours

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Fire brigades spend £17,000 of taxpayers' money on decorating engines in rainbow colours

Three UK fire brigades have spent £17k on painting fire engines in LGBT rainbow colours - Oxfordshire, Dorset & Wiltshire and Suffolk have spent thousands since 2017.

The paint jobs were approved by several fire and rescue service chiefs  across England since 2017 in inclusivity and recruitment drives.

This expensive paint job came from the service's annual budget which was £23.2million in 2020/21.

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue spent around a thousand pounds less, paying £3,390 in the last few years.

The service has an annual budget of around £61million in 2022/23, rising from £58.5m in 2021/22.

Spending on rainbow-themed designs on fire engines was £2,284 at Suffolk Fire and Rescue, according to a Freedom of Information request.

Suffolk fire brigade's annual budget for 2019/20 was around £21.5million. 

Across the country, around £35,000 more has been spent on rainbow items including flags.

Oxfordshire County Council said that its rainbow paint-job used on one of their older fire engines contributed to its 'equality, diversity and inclusion' goals.

Rainbow colours were chosen by Dorset & Wiltshire to 'promote inclusivity' and that the rainbow designs were 'beyond its operational'.

The colourful designs were a 'relatively cheap way to advertise' according to Suffolk Fire and Rescue.

 


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