Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) has donated a number of breathing apparatus (BA) sets to help support Ukrainian firefighters in their vital work during the ongoing war.
In total, 89 BA sets and 304 air cylinders have been donated by RBFRS as part of the latest convoy making its way to Ukraine.
The donation of this equipment is part of a national effort, which has been coordinated by the charity FIRE AID UK and the National Fire Chiefs Council. Four convoys including a total of 69 fire appliances and tens of thousands of items of life-saving kit and equipment have already been donated.
Wayne Bowcock, Chief Fire Officer at RBFRS, said: “We have recently replaced our BA sets and rather than disposing of the old kits, there is no better use for them than donating them to Ukrainian firefighters, who clearly have great need for them and who we will continue to show our full support at every opportunity. This vital equipment will go out as part of the next convoy and I’m sure will be in use very soon after arriving in Ukraine.
“Alongside the donations from fire and rescue services across the UK, we hope that this equipment will assist in the immense relief effort that is needed in Ukraine.”
Members of the Fleet and Equipment Team had prepared the sets for the donation and use by Ukrainian firefighters. Other fire and rescue services are donating a range of other equipment and appliances.
On Wednesday, 26 April, the vehicle carrying the equipment left Theale Community Fire Station to join colleagues from across the country in Kent. The equipment will be stored there before being sent to Poland in the week commencing 1 May, before being transported to Ukraine.
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