Firefighters protect Columbian colleagues

09:00 15 July 2012




Columbian firefighters are to have safer working conditions thanks to the dedication of two colleagues from Exmouth.

Firefighters from Exmouth have been instrumental in protecting their colleagues in Columbia with donations of protective clothing.

A group of volunteers headed by crew commander Paul Furler from Exmouth fire station and retired firefighter Peter Sandel, also from Exmouth, have been tirelessly fundraising to ship and distribute the equipment to firefighters at Bogotá Fire Service.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has backed the aid project for the last 15 years and will this month will send 650 used firefighting suits to show its ongoing commitment to the cause.

A fire brigade spokeperson said: “The current aid project endorsed and supported by Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell came about when firefighting suits were due for replacement.

“Although no longer up to the punishing standards required by the services firefighters they still had a value, especially in the rural communities of Colombia where often the volunteer firefighters do not even have the luxury of personal protective equipment.”

Peter Sandel said: ““On arrival in early August the suits will be distributed to 107 community rural fire stations and offer protection so that the dedicated volunteer firefighters will be able to offer a better service to their communities.

“With over 40 per cent of rural Colombian villages still having no proper fire and rescue service this is a great step forward in developing a better service to those less advantaged as we are in Devon and Somerset.”


Other News Stories

These photos of the Royal Clarence Hotel are thought to the last ever taken before the historic building was ravaged by fire, ripping through the building from a gallery next door. The images were taken by a couple celebrating their wedding anniversary.

Read more

Exmouth firefighters were among the early crews battling to prevent a blaze raging through a Cathedral Yard gallery from spreading to the historic Royal Clarence Hotel - the oldest hotel in the UK. The fire service expects to be on-scene for the next 24 hours.

Read more

More pictures of the Exeter fire.

Read more

Devon and Cornwall Police have said road closures will remain in place overnight as fire fighters continue to tackle a blaze in Cathedral Yard.

Read more

This is the moment an Exeter postgrad astrophysic saw the roof of the historic Royal Clarence Hotel catch fire.

Read more

South West Water has called on its customers to limit water usage as fire fighters concentrate on tackling a blaze in the city centre.

Read more

Fire continues to rage on in Exeter’s Cathedral Yard with reports of crumbling masonry at the historic Royal Clarence Hotel.

Read more

Chief reporter, Becca Gliddon, captures the atmosphere.

Read more

A special service will be held at Exeter Cathedral at 5.30pm this evening (Friday).

Read more

Photographer Jolyon Holroyd, brought up in Budleigh Salterton, managed to snap the moment fighter fighters tackled the blaze from above.

Read more

Local Weather



max temp: 14°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Photo Orders
Family notices
Google Plus
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications