As part of our work encouraging people to people links, a visit to the Houses of Parliament by Russian school children from Kursk on 19th July was arranged by Lord Truscott of St James's, Patron of Fire Safety Friends Of Russia. Lord Truscott spent some time talking to the children and meeting Natalia Zheleznyakova (yellow top) and Chris Holgate (blue shirt), Founder of FSFOR. Natalia created the first link for Chris with the Russian Fire Service. Our grateful thanks to the Rt. Hon the Baroness Evans for taking the photo in Westminster Hall.
Another step in creating friendly links.
A gift from the Sea Cadets and Royal Marine Cadets, TS
Vanguard, Worthing was passed to the Sea Cadets at School 18, Kursk, Russia
during September. Chris Holgate collected the gift from TS Vanguard, a plaque
with the ships crest and two tally bands and the Mayor of Worthing Cllr Sean
MacDonald presented the gift to the Cadets in Russia during a visit as a guest
of Kursk Town Administration.
We are very pleased to announce and welcome
Assistant Chief Officer Steve Owen-Hughes MBE, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service
as a Trustee of Fire Safety Friends Of Russia
Arkhangelsk Region Project
Two instructors, Station Managers Jason Sharp and Mark Duffy from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service formed a team as members of the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation and visited Arkhangelsk, Russia the week commencing 22nd August 2016, following several months of preparation by Jason and Mark in liaison with Arkhangelsk Region Rescue Service.
This was the next step in an extensive Fire Safety Friends Of Russia project assisting with service development, following the visit earlier in the year by Michael Willis and Andy Newton. The overall project is expected to last four years.
Jason and Mark, representing UKRO, are part of a team assembled for the project. The other members of the team are Assistant Chief Officer Stephen Owen-Hughes, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, Michael Willis OBE. former Chief Ambulance Officer and adviser to the Minister of State for Health, Professor Andy Newton, Clinical Consultant to South East Coast Ambulance Service, Chris Holgate, Founding Trustee, Fire Safety Friends Of Russia and project co-ordinator and Terry Beck, FSFOR logistics.
The visit by Jason and Mark was an intensive five days of work devoted to updating the Arkhangelsk Region Emergency Services with current UK practice and procedures for rescuing persons trapped in road vehicles and providing initial trauma care. This involved classroom work on the issues associated with the latest generation of cars including hybrid, as well as several days of practical exercises.
The week was extremely successful with the Russian instructors not only being pleased with the updates but also being impressed with the method of instruction used, which they have now adopted for delivering future training themselves. The passing on of information was not one way, Jason and Mark also leaned a few useful procedures from their Russian colleagues.
The Arkhangelsk Rescue Service Instructors started a programme of training for the Region based on the UKRO course the very next Monday.
During the week we were joined by two fire fighters from the USA, Chief Andrew Turcotte and Deputy Chief Stephen Sloan of Portland Fire Department, Main, for discussions exploring co-operation with the FSFOR project in Arkhangelsk. It was agreed the Portland Fire Department will work with FSFOR assisting in delivering the overall project.
“You came here as guests – you are leaving as
On the morning of the 20th June an intrepid band
of adventurers set out on a unique expedition – to build bridges of friendship
with the students of School 27 in Kursk, Russia. Bethany Johnson, Alexander Luff,
Lauren Neal and Rosie Neate were accompanied by Ms Barr and Mr Williams on a
journey of discovery.
Arkhangelsk Region Project
As a first stage in the
programme of cooperation, agreed with our Arkhangelsk Civil Emergency Services
colleagues, a team from FSFOR visited Arkhangelsk 5th to 9th April to
assess the current medical response to incidents, in particular road vehicle
The team consisted of
Michael Willis OBE, retired Chief Ambulance Officer and former adviser to the
Minister of State for Health and Professor Andy Newton Consultant Paramedic and
Chief Clinical Officer, South East Coast Ambulance Service, together with Chris
Holgate FSFOR and Denis Sebentsov FSFOR.
Over the four days, in
order to assess current procedures, training and equipment, visits were made to
the Arkhangelsk Region HQ Station and Call Centre, Regional Fire and Rescue
Training Centre, Northern State Medical University Centre for
first aid training, a volunteer fire station, ambulance station and
observed a practical exercise “Medical response to road collision with multiple
A meeting with the Head
of the Regional emergency services to discuss the findings and preliminary
discussion on a future action plan took place prior to a joint meeting the
following day involving the delegation from the UK, representatives of the
Ambulance Service, Fire and Rescue Services, the Government representative for
Arkhangelsk Region (Ministry of Public Health, the Agency for State Fire Service
and Civil Defence), Fire and Rescue Services Regional Training Centre and the
Northern State Medical University.
Finally a meeting with Alexander Uvarov, Head of the Arkhangelsk Region Civil Emergency Services to discuss the initial findings and agree a basic framework for progressing the objectives of the Arkhangelsk Region Rescue and Fire Services.
The next planned stage is a visit by the UK Rescue Organisation to introduce the Arkhangelsk Region Rescue Service Instructors to the latest casualty extrication techniques used in the UK.
We are very pleased to announce and welcome
Lord Truscott of St James's
as a Patron of Fire Safety Friends Of Russia
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Presentation to the staff at Shoreham Fire
Station in recognition of
The support we receive from Stations like Shoreham is vital to our success.
As part of our cooperation with development
Visit to Kursk as guest of Town Administration for Town day celebrations.
Attendance at conference on new Volunteer
Fire Service and meeting with General Zoubkov
Meeting with Anantoly Meekailovich Babenko, Regional Chief Fire Officer, to discuss details for shipment of the two Sabres.
AUGUST 8th/9th 2011
Two Dennis Sabres collected from storage in Lincolnshire and placed in FSFOR storage area Sussex.
Work to prepare the vehicles and paperwork for shipping to Kursk will start week commencing 22nd.
Link showing N775 OUF in service at Loughborough, Leicestershire. http://www.leicsfire.co.uk/st20p004.htm
I humbly accept this award only as recognition of all the work and support you, trustees, members and supporters have given to our project.
My sincere thanks to you all.
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FEBRUARY 6th 2011
With Darren and Tim, donation of
firefighting protective clothing collected and put into store. Needs to be sorted
and packed ready for shipping.
DECEMBER 29th 2010
Recruitment drive planned for January 2011 accompanied by launch of a Face Book Page.
DECEMBER 24th 2010
2 Dennis Sabres close to being ready for shipping together with 1000 sets of personal protective clothing. Help will be needed early New Year, to prepare the vehicles and equipment for shipping. 6 Dennis Sabres expected to be available for a convoy around June 2011.
DECEMBER 20th 2010
Following a meeting at the Fire Service College. Bob Rearie, Operational Training is heading the training projects for FSFOR together with Martin Johnson, Specialist Operations.
A visit to Moscow and Kursk is planned for Martin in the first quarter 2011 to advise and help with the setting up of fire behaviour training in both Moscow and Kursk. Also, to start providing co-operation and assistance to the Fire Faculty, Kursk State Polytechnic College.
DECEMBER 8th 2010
Visits made in June and September. Russian liaison team formed.
Major progress in improved communications, organising future shipping, procurement and volunteer support from specialists especially in training, including wild fires and fund raising.
APRIL 20th 2010
Membership Scheme launched.
MARCH 7th 2009
Work of Fire Safety Friends Of Russia added
to the CFOA International Development Data Base.
DECEMBER 6th 2008
In response to a number of requests, we have created a 468x60 banner which can be used on your website to increase awareness of the Fire Safety Friends of Russia. Please copy the link below, and ensure that the link is made to our website front page at http://www.fsfor.org. Thanks!
MARCH 16th 2008
The three Dennis appliances entering Kursk towards the end of their long journey. Delayed by several days due to the vehicles having to change ferry at Bremerhaven and then difficulties at St Petersburg with new regulations regarding the import of the basket strainers. Unfortunately, the alternator on the G reg. played up, so that also caused some problems having to charge the batteries using another vehicle. CH.
Arrival at Station 16 & Workshops, Kursk
The three former West Sussex Dennis fire appliances reported below left Shoreham Airport this morning en route for Sheerness. With a healthy presence from the local media to report on the occasion, the vehicles set off shortly after 10:15 am. Some photos are on the Gallery page, and the BBC local news report can be viewed here. JG
DECEMBER 4th 2007
We have three more Dennis fire appliances almost ready for shipping. We hope to send them on their way in the next few weeks. The team are at present busy ensuring they are fit for the long journey to Kursk. Although they will go from Sheerness to St Petersburg by ship, they still have to be driven by our Russian Fires Service colleagues approximately 1223 km / 760 m. in temperatures below zero, possibly less than minus 20. So, we want to make sure they are as good mechanically as we can get them.
They will be equipped with Roof Ladders, Light Portable Pumps, Generators, Suction Hose and Strainers and High Pressure Hose Reels. They will also carry a small quantity of firefighters uniforms, helmets and spare hose.
With the support and help of Shoreham Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Service, Shoreham Airport Management have very kindly provided us with undercover secure storage where we can also prepare the vehicles. Paul Smith and the Airport Fire Service Staff have also given given us fantastic practical help. We are very grateful to all at Shoreham Airport.
If you are a fire engine enthusiast and/or you find our web site and work interesting we hope you will visit our Donate page (CH)
SEPTEMBER 29th 2007
FSFOR presented a display at the West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service open day at Burgess Hill Fire Station. The informative display boards and interactive video shows were of great interest to the many visitors who stopped by. Thank you to all who supported our cause, and to our supporters and volunteers who helped out. (JG)
A few photographs from the event:
JULY 28th 2007
Today, FSFOR had a display at the West Sussex
Fire & Rescue Service open day at Worthing Fire Station. With one of our next
A few photographs from the day:
The FSFOR newsletters have now been uploaded
to our website, both in English and Russian. Please click the links below:
The FSFOR "roadshow" was on display at the Emergency Services Show at Hullavington in Wiltshire. This is a new area for making people aware of our work, and most visitors had not heard of us before. That was soon remedied with numerous leaflets and stickers being handed out, and a fundraising raffle for a bottle of vodka! Chris Holgate was invited onto the stage of Great Western Radio (GWR), and was interviewed about FSFOR and its work. A photograph of this interview is shown below. It was a useful day's work, with some interesting new contacts made in fire brigades that we had not spoken too previously. Thank you to the people of Wiltshire for making us feel so welcome! (JG)