London Fire Brigade

London Fire Brigade equipment helping to save lives of Syrians

03 February 2016

The director of Syria Civil Defence, a rescue organisation also known as the ‘White Helmets’ visited Old Kent Road Fire Station to thank us for the equipment that we’ve supplied and which has helped them to rescue over 50,000 people who have been caught up in the conflict in Syria.

Raed Saleh met London Fire Brigade Assistant Commissioner Peter Cowup, who has organised for redundant Brigade rescue equipment to be supplied to the group of volunteers working in the most difficult conditions, often either during or in the immediate aftermath of military conflict. The equipment includes hydraulic cutting equipment, generators, lighting and equipment to help with heavy lifting.

The Brigade will shortly be donating chemical suits that have reached the end of their operational life and there is the potential for more equipment to be sent in the future.

Assistant Commissioner Peter Cowup said:

“It was a pleasure to meet Raed and White Helmets and to find out how the equipment that we’ve supplied is helping to save lives in very difficult circumstances.

"It was both harrowing and heartening to hear how this brave and determined band of volunteers deal with some incredible challenges on a daily basis and we will continue to look for ways in which we can continue to support them and the people of Syria.”

White Helmets are made up of volunteers from all walks of life including Bakers, tailors, engineers, pharmacists, painters, carpenters and students. It is thought that as many as 92 members of this group have been killed whilst attempting to save the lives of others.