Herefordshire firefighter in convoy as engines donated to Ukraine

A former Herefordshire fire truck, driven by a county firefighter, was part of a huge truck convoy bound for Ukraine.

As Ukraine continues to fight the war started by Russia, with bombings destroying buildings across the Eastern European country, the Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) has been among those who stepped in to offer their support.

After a request from the Home Office and the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), all UK fire services have been asked to donate any equipment and vehicles needing replacement, decommissioning or disposal to Ukrainian firefighters.

As a result, HWFRS donated a recently retired end-of-life fire truck and several tons of spare or end-of-life equipment to help Ukrainian firefighters deal with the impacts of the invasion. Russian from their country.

The equipment was loaded onto pallets and dispatched last week and the fire engine, which was used in Ross-on-Wye, left early Friday morning en route to Kent along with 21 other vehicles donated by the services of British Fire.

The huge 22-vehicle convoy then continued on to Poland through France and Germany, with Watch Commander Mark Andrews from Herefordshire one of those making the journey.

Station Commander Paul Roberts from our training center and Watch Commander Mark Andrews from Herefordshire (Western District) were part of the convoy heading for Eastern Europe. Photo: HWFRS

Area Commander Ade Elliott, the assets of the service’s deputy director who helped set up HWFRS relief support to Ukraine, said: ‘The Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority is continually investing in new fire engines for the service, resulting this year in a former fire truck. be available to make a donation to this worthy cause.

Chief Fire Officer Jon Pryce added: “The commitment and offers of support from our staff to help with this initiative has been outstanding and we are happy to do all we can to assist Ukrainian firefighters during this time. very difficult period.

“I am proud that HWFRS donated a fire truck and a significant amount of surplus or end-of-life equipment, with two of our firefighters traveling to Europe to deliver it.”

Watch Commander Mark Andrews of Herefordshire with the equipment donated to help the Ukrainians.  Photo: HWFRS

Watch Commander Mark Andrews of Herefordshire with the equipment donated to help the Ukrainians. Photo: HWFRS

He added: “I would like to thank Station Commander Paul Roberts from our training center and Watch Commander Mark Andrews from Herefordshire (Western District) who volunteered to make the long and tiring journey to Poland.

“It was a superb joint effort by many of our staff and I’m glad we were able to do our part to help the NFCC and the national charity Fire Aid.

“It will be a long journey, but I am confident that the personnel we have selected will do an excellent job representing HWFRS.”

The HWFRS team will hand over the trucks and equipment to Polish firefighters and provide familiarization training in their use, before returning to the UK.

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