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Monday, 28 July 2014

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Cumbrian fire helmets shipped to Macedonia

Firefighters’ helmets from west Cumbria are being shipped across Europe to be used in Macedonia.

Fire helmets photo
From left, Tony Solarie, Martin Dockwray, Steve Darby, of Operation Florian, Geoff Lee, Gary Johnstone and Neil McFadyen

The equipment from Sellafield’s fire and rescue team includes six redundant helmets – worth £1,500 – and is being sent through the charity Operation Florian, which was set up by British firefighters to send kit to developing countries.

Geoff Lee, Sellafield’s emergency management planning officer said: “We no longer have a use for them (the helmets) as our kit has been upgraded but we didn’t want them to go to waste. “The countries we help are not as fortunate as us and do not have the standard of equipment that we do, they are using very basic kit to fight potentially very dangerous fires.

“Safety is of utmost importance at Sellafield Ltd so anything we can do to help fellow firefighters stay safe and potentially save lives is fantastic.”

At the handover, Steve Darby, Operation Florian co-director and volunteer, said: “The support from Sellafield Ltd is really appreciated at Operation Florian; the company has supported us for a number of years, continually sending us redundant fire fighting equipment that is vital for third-world countries.

“Sometimes we have to buy equipment but to do that we have to fundraise, so obviously each donation that comes in allows us to save that time.”

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