Fire chiefs make pledge



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Fire chiefs have pledged to end mental health stigma and discrimination in the emergency services.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service signed the Blue Light Time To Change Associations pledge, an initiative led by mental health charity Mind to remove stigma and encourage openness about mental health in the emergency services.

Chief Fire Officer Chris Strickland and Sir Peter Brown, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority chairman, signed the pledge and in doing so, promised the service will promote a better understanding of mental health problems while offering support to its members, staff and volunteers.

Mr Strickland said: “We have developed an action plan in our organisation to communicate the anti-stigma message, deliver wellbeing awareness workshops and improve the support we give to our staff about mental health.