South Yorkshire's fire service saves lives in Moldova

Lives are being saved in Moldova thanks to South Yorkshire fire service donating equipment to cut people free from car crashes.

Wednesday, 18th May 2016, 11:27 am
Updated Wednesday, 18th May 2016, 11:36 am
Cutting equipment has been donated to firefighters in Moldova
Cutting equipment has been donated to firefighters in Moldova

Fire chiefs have donated old cutting gear to a UK fire service humanitarian charity working to improve survival rates from road traffic collisions in Moldova.

In 2012 there were 2,712 recorded road traffic collisions in the Republic of Moldova, causing 441 deaths - a fatality rate 10 times higher than that of the UK’s.

Factors contributing to the deaths include the length of time it takes for rescuers to reach incidents and a lack of equipment to respond effectively to incidents.

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Assistant Chief Fire Officer Martin Blunden said: “This is a great cause that I feel really passionate about.

"The road death casualty rates in Moldova are unacceptably high and I think we have a duty in the developed world to share learning with firefighters there to help save lives.

"People should be safe in the knowledge that emergency services are there to support them in a time of need, regardless of where in the world they live. It makes perfect sense to donate equipment like this to help support that aim.”