Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) has joined fire and rescue services across the country in providing support to assist with the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
UK fire services have come together to donate items of kit, equipment and fire service vehicles to support Ukraine firefighters. To date, 60 fire vehicles have now been donated by UK fire and rescue services and the wider fire sector.
The donated equipment covers a wide-range of kit, which is either due to be replaced or fire services have the capacity to donate it. It has all been provided in good, working order and all vehicles have been serviced and checked before the convoy sets off. Each vehicle has been packed with essential – and lifesaving – equipment.
To date, RBFRS has provided four vehicles and various items of equipment, including breathing apparatus sets, hose reels, defibrillators, PPE and generators.
This work is being coordinated by FIRE AID, The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and the wider sector, where all items will then be sent onto those that need them.
The first convoy left in mid-March, the second one set off on 21 April and the third convoy left in early May.
These donations of firefighting equipment – which has been requested by Ukraine – will help its fire and rescue service as they continue their life-saving work in extremely challenging circumstances.
To find out more about the third convoy of donations, please visit the National Fire Chiefs Council’s website.