On Thursday night, at our ‘Friends and Neighbours’ group at church, we had a visit from four members of the Blue Watch [Leicester Western] fire crew. It was very exciting to see the fire engine in the Church Car park and meet the men who serve on it. [no women on this team – although there are quite a few in the Leicester Service]
Barbara and Gwen enjoyed climbing up inside the appliance
But I stopped to put on a helmet first
Betty checked out the BA [Breathing Apparatus]
It was really quite heavy, and I found the mask oppressive. I really admire the crews who don this gear to try and rescue people from burning buildings.
We waved goodbye to the crew around 9.40pm. Within 3 hours, the Leicester Fire Services were called out to a house fire, in which a family died. Sadly it appears to have been a deliberate attack.
I am praying for those affected by this tragedy in my city. It is something like this which makes me even more sad that a decision was passed in London [also on Thursday night] to close ten Fire Stations in our capital and make 550 staff redundant [here] I wonder how quickly they would have got this fire under control, if there hadn’t been appliances stationed nearby at Southwark
Thank you Casper, Richard, Dave and Stan = not just for coming to talk to us about your work, and educate us about fire safety, but also for daily putting yourselves at risk for the benefit of others.