Drew Perkins, Development Officer for the Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service and a team member of Operation Sabre said: “We are particularly grateful to Greenhous Shrewsbury who have sponsored the purchase of hydraulic cutting and spreading rescue equipment for use by Romanian firefighters attending vehicle accidents.
“This equipment made up part of Operation Sabre’s latest humanitarian trip where the team of 11, many of whom are either serving or retired staff from Shropshire and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Services, delivered three more fully equipped fire engines to some of the most remote parts of Romania.
“We were joined on the five day, 1,800 mile road trek across nine countries, by firefighter colleagues from Austria and Germany, who have supported the fire prevention campaign for many years.”
More than 30 “retired” UK fire engines, thousands of firefighter uniforms and fire kit have been delivered, including a staggering 20 tonnes of aid, over the past few years. Volunteers have also supported three orphanages and “adopted” an old people’s home, where conditions had been “grim” until the charity intervened.
“The old people’s home was a former prison and it has been a major challenge for the team,” said Steve Worrall, who is the charity’s president. “When we first visited the home several years ago we found conditions to be extremely poor for the 50 residents. We embarked on a major redecorating programme and through the generosity of Shropshire and Merseyside people and groups, provided the residents with fresh bedding and clothing but more importantly a pleasant environment to live.”
The team also arranged summer barbeques and Christmas parties for elderly and orphans alike. The charity receives no Government or European Union funding and relies entirely upon the generosity of local groups and businesses.
[Pictured, Martin James of Greenhous being presented with a specially cast plate by Steve Worrall, President Operation Sabre, right, and Drew Perkins, centre.]