A TEAM of dedicated firefighters has set off on their seven-day trip to Ukraine to donate a much-needed engine and equipment.

Members of Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service set off on the mammoth journey on Tuesday to drop off a fire engine and associated equipment to Ukrainian firefighters after a call to support the war effort came from the Home Office and the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC).

The fire engine is being driven by a team of people including: Peter Stephenson, Sean Hevey and Dan Shepherd, who have volunteered to make the seven-day round trip, and will join a convoy of fire and rescue service vehicles donating equipment to support firefighters working on the frontline in Ukraine.

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The equipment will be used to support firefighters, emergency services and volunteers who are battling together on the front line, often using old or worn equipment. They have been dealing daily with fires and other emergencies to save lives, people and property since the war started in February.


The Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service fire engine and other equipment are among the 22 vehicles that will help support Ukraine firefighters who continue to protect their communities.

Fire Aid and International Development (Fire Aid) and the NFCC have already coordinated and delivered thousands of donations of fire and rescue equipment and PPE nationally to Ukraine and Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service are extremely proud to assist.