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West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service donates equipment to Ukrainian firefighters

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have donated items to firefighters on the frontlines in Ukraine.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service joined fire services across the UK in donating items of kit and equipment to Ukraine to support firefighters on the frontline.

UK charity, FIRE AID and International Development (FIRE AID), and the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) coordinated donations of more than 5,000 items of fire and rescue equipment and PPE which was sent in a convoy to Ukraine. on Friday.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service donated:

  • 12 pallets of fire kit
  • 12 pallets of hoses
  • An assortment of ladders

Six inflatable boats will be sent at a later date.

Dave Teggart, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Operations Manager, said: “Our staff and particularly our support teams have worked incredibly hard to pull these donations together.

“Over the last two weeks staff at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have been following the Ukraine situation and thinking about the people of Ukraine, and other parts of the world affected by war and conflict.

“We feel a particular bond and affinity with our fellow firefighters who are doing an already dangerous job in the most extraordinary of circumstances – and send good wishes for their safety. We stand shoulder to shoulder with them in spirit if not in body.

“Peace and safety are what we all wish for. Until that is achieved, we will continue to hold them in our thoughts, and support them where we can.”

Following a successful scoping visit to Poland conducted by FIRE AID volunteers last week, an initial convoy of three fire engines and a lorry of PPE and rescue equipment left the UK on Friday, led by the Scottish Emergency Rescue Association (SERA).

FIRE AID is then coordinating a subsequent convoy consisting of 15 fire engines and two lorries of equipment, donated by fire services across the UK, which will depart on 19 March.

40 UK firefighters will join FIRE AID volunteers as part of the team driving the vehicles across Europe, where it will be received by the Polish State Fire Service and transferred to Ukraine.

Eighteen fire engines, thermal imaging cameras for finding victims, generators, lighting, hoses, rescue equipment, and thousands of sets of PPE are among the items being donated.

Every fire service across the UK has stepped in to support these efforts. The deployment of these donations is being supported by funding from the Home Office, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, and the FIA Foundation, as well as through a public appeal via a Just Giving page, which can be accessed here.

When it reaches Ukraine, the equipment will be used to support firefighters, emergency services and volunteers who are battling together on the front line, often using old or worn equipment.

They are dealing daily with fires and other emergencies to protect lives, people, and property.

Claire Hoyland, Project Manager, FIRE AID commented: “FIRE AID and its members have over 25 years of experience responding to requests for aid and support for emergency services in over 50 countries.

“Following the invasion of Ukraine, our members immediately mobilised to gather equipment and aid to donate to their Ukrainian counterparts. FIRE AID members have been working in partnership with the Ukrainian emergency services since 2012 and we are proud to be coordinating this unprecedented emergency response on behalf of the UK Fire Sector.”

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