Somerset

Firefighting kit sent to help Colombian service

More than 600 sets of protective clothing are being sent from the UK to help South American firefighters.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said although the kit was due for replacement it would still have value to the Colombian fire service.

The fire suits are due to arrive in Bogota in August and will be distributed to 107 community stations.

It is part of a partnership between the two services, which has been running for the past 15 years.

During that time many volunteers have travelled to Colombia to train volunteer firefighters and a number of Colombian fire officers have visited the West Country.

"Although no longer up to the punishing standards required by the service, the protective suits still have a value especially in the rural communities," a Devon and Somerset spokesman said.

"With over 40% of rural Colombian villages still having no proper fire and rescue service this is a great step forward in developing a better service to those less advantaged as we are in Devon and Somerset".

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