I never imagined that there would be a page on this website entitled UKRAINE.   Furthermore, it is even sadder that there has been a need to create this page, but following the recent atrocities that have taken place there, and continue to do so, it was a privilege to be invited to Leigh Fire Station on Friday 18th March 2022, where 5 appliances,  donated by North West Fire & Rescue Services, were beginning the long journey to the Ukraine border.  There, the appliances would be donated to Firefighters in Ukraine.   The first leg of the journeyfor these appliances was to Kent where they would become part of a larger convoy of 19 appliances donated by Fire & Rescue Services across the United Kingdom.  It was a very emotional occasion as members of the Ukrainian Community in the Manchester area came along to witness the departure.

This was a joint venture between the North West Fire & Rescue Services, Fire Aid & Operation Florian.

HPV MU51LAE from Greater Manchester.

Daf LF PO55WDT from Lancashire.

Scania DG02WFX from Merseyside.

Volvo PN05EHF from Greater Manchester.

Volvo PN05EHG from Greater Manchester,

The HPV was originally based at Oldham.  The 2 Manchester Volvos began life at Broughton.  The Lancashire Daf served at Preston and Longridge, whilst the Merseyside Scania begain life at Croxteth.

Chief Fire Officer Dave Russell with the volunteers from Greater Manchester.

The Lancashire volunteers with Group Manager Mark Hutton.

The Merseyside volunteers,

The Chief joined the GMC volunteers with the Flag of Ukraine.

All the volunteers.

The final picture before departure included members of the Ukrainian Community.