Two fire engines sent to Ukraine

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TWO fire engines filled with protective clothing and medical supplies have been donated to firefighters in Ukraine to help deal with the impact of the Russian invasion.

Last month a team of six Jersey Fire and Rescue firefighters travelled to Poland to deliver the two vehicles.

The engines travelled by ferry to the UK, then on to France before being driven to Poland, stopping in Germany along the way, where the team were hosted by the German fire service.

The crew also asked close family and friends if their children would donate teddy bears which would be given to Ukrainian children who had lost their parents during the conflict.

Firefighter Richard Wilson, who travelled to Poland, said the crew donated over 300 teddy bears. ‘It is amazing to see so many of our fellow workers, families and friends come together to support young children. A teddy bear, while it may be small to some, could mean a lot to those children who have lost everything.’

Firefighter Luke Burton, who was also part of the travelling crew, said it was a rewarding experience to support fellow firefighters.

‘As a small fire service in Jersey we often rely on other services to support us with various things. To be able to donate two fire engines and a load of supplies to support Ukrainian service workers was amazing,’ he said. ‘We treated it the same as any other job, the Ukraine fire service needed something and were in need of help and so we got it to them as soon as possible.’

The firefighters who volunteered their time were Luke Burton, Matt Coote, John Richardson, Richard Wilson, Brian Brown and Graham Stokes.

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