EASST Advisory Board member, Mike Pitney, travelled back to Ukraine in late July to continue the donation of much-needed fire and rescue equipment to the town of Korosten following the successful donation of fire appliances to the town  in July 2012.

In July 2012, supported by EASST and by local donations, Mike Pitney of Ashford Fire Station led a group of eight fire fighters from Kent Fire and Rescue Service to Ukraine to officially donate much-needed fire engines, fire suits and equipment to the town of Korosten in Zhytomyr oblast, near Chernobyl. In addition to the provision of equipment, the Kent fire fighters provided training to the Ukrainian fire fighters in techniques for rescuing road crash victims.

Fire fighters in Korosten receive the EASST donated kit

This second visit in July 2013, sponsored by EASST, saw the donation of parts that have enabled the changing of the steering mechanism from right to left hand side on one of the previously donated fire appliances. This fire engine will carry specialist RTC equipment in order to respond to road crashes in the region.

More fire gloves were also provided to complete the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the firefighters.  

See how the donated equipment is being used: