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Service now able to take kind-hearted donations during high demand

July 4 2018

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is now accepting donations from the public in order to aid firefighters during this time of high demand.

The Red Cross and Rapid Relief have been fantastic in supporting us through these incidents and we can’t thank them enough but we are now in a position to also receive donations.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Rob Barber

The crews are still dealing with two large scale fires in the Moorlands, which has been ongoing since Saturday, June 30 and Alton which started yesterday (July 2). 

The Service has been receiving several kind-hearted offers of donations of food and drink for the firefighters but has have so far been unable to accept these. However British Red Cross has now put in place a donation point at Leek Community Fire Station where people can drop off non-perishable contributions, during office hours, to be taken to the scene of the fires. 

If more donations are received than required they will go to other good causes through the British Red Cross.

Rob Barber said: “The Red Cross and Rapid Relief have been fantastic in supporting us through these incidents and we can’t thank them enough but we are now in a position to also receive donations. Although it is still too dangerous for members of the public to actually go to the scene of the fire we are extremely grateful for any donation people are able to deliver to the fire station in Leek. The support of our communities is greatly appreciated during this period of high demand where our crews are working tirelessly, day and night, to keep our communities safe.” 

Madeline Farrar, senior emergency response officer for the British Red Cross in Staffordshire, said: "The British Red Cross is helping to distribute donated soft drinks and bottled water, cereal bars, crisps and biscuits to the crews tackling three grass fires in Staffordshire. 

"We will be available to support Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service for as long as we are needed."