Press release

27 November 2014

The Chief Fire Officers Association has praised the work of UK firefighters who have assisted the government’s efforts to tackle the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone.

Firefighters from the UK’s specialist International Search and Rescue teams have used their expert logistic skills to assist in the quick and efficient loading of supplies at two UK airports.

Firefighters from across the UK have been putting in hundreds of man hours at Kemble airbase in the Cotswolds and East Midlands airport to ensure cargo planes leave on time. The efforts have been coordinated by the CFOA National Resilience and Assurance Team based in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire.

CFOA President Peter Dartford commented: “The enormous effort by the armed forces, health services and charities to combat Ebola in West Africa is truly inspiring. The UK fire and rescue service is glad to have been able to play a part in assisting with this effort, and I want to thank all those FRS personnel who gave their time and expertise over the past month.” 

Source: CFOA