Firefighters charity leads the way with multifaith chaplaincy

Date: Friday 4th December 2015

THE Firefighters Charity centre at Eamont Bridge, near Penrith, is the first nationally to introduce a multifaith chaplaincy.

THE Firefighters Charity centre at Eamont Bridge, near Penrith, is the first nationally to introduce a multifaith chaplaincy.

The new role, which came about after discussion at a conference of UK Fire and Rescue Service Chaplains’ Association, was launched during the recent National Inter Faith Week.

The first chaplain who has offered to provide this pastoral support is Cumbria resident Jacquetta Gomes, who also serves as a fire chaplain with fire and rescue services. She is a Theravada Buddhist but is available to serve all, of any or no faith.

She is also an adviser on interfaith and multifaith issues to the Chief Fire Officers’ Association lead on diversity and inclusion and to their equality and diversity group.

Jacquetta is working closely with Sharon Bailey, director of beneficiary services at the Fire Fighters Charity, and Andrew Waterfield, operations manager at Jubilee House, to embed the new service.