A PEVENSEY pub is sponsoring a road trip by firefighters who are taking a fire engine to Moldova.
Retired firefighter Trevor Green, along with East Sussex Fire & Rescue service engineer Chris Freeman, who is also Watch Manager at Pevensey Fire Station, left for Moldova on April 29.
The Smugglers Inn in Pevensey not only donated money to Operation Florian but also provided a crate of beer for them to share with the locals when they arrive.
Chris said, “Myself and Graham Bearcoe, an Operation Florian member, are regulars at the pub. They will be tracking our route and the landlady Sue Winter will write it up on a board for others to see.
“We’re delighted they have made this donation to Operation Florian, which promotes the protection of life amongst communities in need, worldwide, by the provision of equipment and training to improve fire fighting and rescue capabilities.”
The men will drive a fire engine, formerly located at Battle, all the way to Moldova where they will deliver it in person to the local community.
Chris said, “They treat us like royalty, they really do. They invite us to their homes for meals, and are just generally really appreciative of what we are doing for them, as they realise the enormity of what this appliance can do for their community.
“Operation Florian is very grateful for these continued donations from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service. We feel it’s important to help these countries, which are not so lucky as ours and have a very limited fire & rescue service.”