Monday, 8 July 2013

Chernobyl Children Have Fun At The Fire Station

Children affected by the Chernobyl disaster learnt about firefighting and fire safety when they spent a day with a Peterborough crew.

The group of 20 children, who are on a one-month visit to the county with charity Friends of Chernobyl's Children (Helpston), dressed in fire cadet kit, learnt how to use hoses and even got involved in a simulated high-rise rescue at Dogsthorpe Fire Station.

Living in the high radiation zone of the Chernobyl affected area of Belarus, the children visited Cambridgeshire with the charity as respite from the radiation of the Chernobyl disaster.

Firefighter Jamie Harker, who has links with the charity, organised the visit which also included a demonstration drill by firefighters, a station tour and lunch.

Jon Crowley, Watch Commander at Dogsthorpe Green Watch, said: "With Jamie having the contact and an insight into the work that the group is doing to help the Chernobyl community, it was an easy decision to open up the station to these children.

"They come from the poorest of backgrounds and we hopefully brought a morning of happiness to them, which they will remember for years to come."

The children attended with group leaders on Tuesday, July 2.