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West Midlands Fire Service steps up to support Ukraine

West Midlands Fire Service donating a fire engine and other much-needed equipment to Ukraine.

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) is throwing resources, support and a fire engine behind the humanitarian response to the Ukraine war. 

The war’s impact on our Ukrainian colleagues has been significant, with more than 100 fire stations and 250 fire engines destroyed. 

WMFS will be donating a range of surplus or no-longer-needed items including tools, hoses, safety equipment and thermal imaging cameras for use in Ukraine. By far the biggest WMFS donation will be a decommissioned fire engine. 

Three WMFS employees have volunteered as drivers. They will join colleagues from other fire and rescue services (FRSs) in a 20-strong convoy due to leave the UK on 5 May. 

A fourth WMFS staff member, who is also a member of UK International Search and Rescue (UKISAR), will provide the convoy with logistical support. 

Staff holding up a Ukraine flag in front of the fire engine we're donating

Deployment of the firefighting donations is being coordinated by the UK charity FIRE AID and the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) and the wider fire industry. Funding has come from the Home Office, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, and the FIA Foundation. 

WMFS Chief Fire Officer, Phil Loach, said: “The war in Ukraine and resulting humanitarian crisis has affected us all immensely. Our communities and our staff are desperate to support the people whose lives have been changed so suddenly and shockingly. 

“We’re sending a range of equipment, which is either surplus or we no longer need. It means we can help our Ukrainian counterparts to protect lives, people and property and continue to provide first-class emergency services to our own communities. 

“Their bravery is beyond words, and I am immensely proud of our staff who want to go above and beyond to support them.” 

The convoy will include 13 fire engines, two hydraulic rescue platforms, three 4x4 vehicles, an incident response unit and a foam tender. Two previous convoys saw a further 40 UK FRS vehicles sent for use in Ukraine. 

Anyone who wishes to donate money to the FIRE AID public appeal can do so via this link: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/KeepUkraineFireFightersSafe 

Three of our fire stations - Wolverhampton, Bilston and Tettenhall – are also supporting the Mayor of Wolverhampton and local Ukrainian groups to collect much-needed items for people affected by the conflict. 

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