Ukraine War: Firefighters from the London Fire Brigade begin a journey to the frontline between Poland and Ukraine to deliver vital equipment

London Fire Brigade announced this morning, Saturday March 19, that three firefighters from the brigade have started their journey to Poland where they will provide much needed firefighting equipment and kit to those on the fire line. Ukrainian front. The kit, transported by a 22-vehicle convoy, will be handed over to Polish state firefighters and will be used to aid efforts to protect people on the Polish-Ukrainian border.

A video shared on their social media showed a jam-packed fire station with shielded kit and gear. Firefighters making the nearly 1,000-mile journey to Poland have volunteered to drive vehicles in a convoy that will deliver the rescue masses to Polish firefighters’ kit to help on the Ukrainian frontline.

The kit was collected through donations from the UK Fire Service and the equipment will be sent to Ukraine to help frontline firefighters with blazes and rescue operations as Russia continues to attack its neighboring country. The equipment collected is the result of a joint effort led by Fire AID and the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC).

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London firefighters have been working on preparing kit and equipment for the trip to frontline Ukraine

London firefighters have donated breathing apparatus and cylinders which will be a crucial aid for firefighters on the Ukrainian frontline. Donations poured in from all fire services across the UK and members of the Brigade’s international search and rescue team sorted and safely loaded equipment before the convoy departed.

Assistant Deputy Commissioner Dave O’Neill said, “The crisis in Ukraine is truly shocking and I am grateful that the Brigade was able to support victim relief efforts. The fire services donated equipment and PPE and I am glad the Brigade was able to help, not only by donating equipment, but also by being part of the convoy.

“As expected, we had an impressive number of responses to our announcement calling for volunteers. Further convoys are planned and those who have expressed interest will be included in a database for this and future opportunities.

Other fire services from across the UK have also prepared for the trip over the past week and they will join firefighters from the London Fire Department on the journey. The three London firefighters have been specially trained to work overseas and provide support during major incidents, such as earthquakes and large forest fires.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said: “I am impressed by the firefighters from the London Fire Brigade who have volunteered to deliver firefighting equipment to Ukraine. Our city will always come together for those in need. London Firefighters stood up to help Londoners drive ambulances and deliver PPE at the height of the pandemic, and here again London Firefighters are showing generosity and bravery.

“They are the best in London and this convoy delivering fire and rescue kits and equipment will help save lives. Our capital shines like a beacon for peace and I am so proud of the way Londoners have mobilized to support the Ukrainian people in recent weeks.

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The London firefighters, involved in the British ISAR team, have been specially trained to work overseas and attend major international incidents, including earthquakes or large forest fires. Each of the three London firefighters who are part of the extended team have volunteered to undertake the journey which they started this morning, March 19.

Londoners responded to the bravery of these firefighters who went to war-torn areas. One tweeted: “This is INCREDIBLE and so heartwarming. So proud of our firefighters, well done and thank you!” Another Londoner added: “A big shout out and thank you to all the staff at ISAR who put in so many hours sorting out the kit.”

Matt is a trainee journalist specializing in LGBT+ issues, including speaking to LGBTQ+ activist Peter Tatchell ahead of the 50th anniversary of UK Gay Pride, an interview with a former Lieutenant Commander who was forced to keep his secret sexuality in the armed forces. for 20 years who lost his partner to AIDS two days before leaving the Navy, and speaking to the founder of The Gay Men’s Dance Company, which offers pole dancing lessons, among other things.

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