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Redcar firefighter takes kit to colleagues in Africa
5:04pm Thursday 14th March 2013 in News
A FIREFIGHTER is taking second-hand life-saving equipment to Zimbabwe to help train the country’s emergency services.
Watch Manager Mike Dayson, who is based at Redcar Community Fire Station, will form part of a 14-strong team from fire and rescue services throughout the UK.
Known as Operation Florian, the humanitarian charity will hand over three fire engines, protective clothing, uniforms, rescue equipment and breathing apparatus during the three week visit to the Bulawayo fire and ambulance services in the south of the country.
Mr Dayson said: “This is the third time that Operation Florian will be visiting Zimbabwe and although Cleveland Fire Brigade has donated old uniforms previously, it will be the first time the brigade will be represented.
“I am very much looking forward to the trip and there is a full programme to train local firefighters as well as educating local communities about key safety messages.”
“The people in Zimbabwe cannot afford to purchase new fire engines and equipment and they really appreciate the help and support from the UK and what we are doing to save people’s lives.
Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer with Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: "Clearly, the UK fire and rescue services are much more advanced than in Zimbabwe and if we can put our equipment to good use to help save lives, that can only be a good thing.”
For further information about Operation Florian, visit www.operationflorian.com