Firefighting kits donated to Kashmir

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FIREFIGHTER kits have been donated by South Yorkshire fire chiefs to Kashmir to help improve the region’s firefighting resources.

Twenty sets of helmets, boots, tunics, trousers and gloves, worn by South Yorkshire firefighters before they were given new uniforms, will go to firefighters in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.

The region’s already under-resourced firefighters are often called on to deal with major rescue operations. The area is prone to landslides and one of the places worst hit by the 2005 earthquake which killed about 75,000 people.

Khawaja Siddique, chief of Kashmir’s police and fire service visited South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue (SYFR) last year, when the idea of donating kit was put forward.

Beverley Sandy, of SYFR, said: “This donation will definitely lead to improvements in their safety at incidents.”

Shahbaz Ramzan, of Sheffield Council, said: “SYFR helped the people of Kashmir during the earthquake relief effort.”