Fire engine heads off by sea to its new home

A Northumberland fire engine is beginning a new life helping to improve road safety in one of Europe’s poorest countries.

The Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service appliance, and a variety of rescue equipment, is being transferred by sea to Moldova, a country one-and-a-half times the size of Wales with a population of more than 3.6 million people, but which has old fire appliances, often only capable of travelling up to 30mph.

Fire stations are also relatively scarce with appliances often covering up to 35 miles to reach the edge of their cover area.

Coupled with the scarcity of modern rescue equipment – there are only 12 sets in the entire country – a person involved in a car crash in Moldova is 12 times more likely to die than in the UK.

The appliance has been donated via the charity Operation Florian.