Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Children from Chernobyl visit Billericay Fire Station

Billericay firefighters have welcomed 12 children from Ukraine, who are visiting Essex as part of a project run by the South Essex Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline charity.


The charity supports children and their families from who have been affected by the Chernobyl nuclear explosion in 1986. The charity has visited Billericay Fire Station every year since 2012.


As well as bringing chid victims of the Chernobyl nuclear explosion to the UK for recuperative breaks to give them respite from radiation, the charity also provides vitamins and healthcare products to affected children and chemotherapy medicine to those suffering cancer. Due to the radioactive fallout from the explosion, thousands of children are born every year with, or go on to develop, thyroid cancer, bone cancer and leukaemia.


As part of their visit to Billericay Fire Station, the children (all aged 10 years old) spent some time with our firefighters, had a tour of the fire station and had a go at building a dam and squirting water with our fire hoses.


Watch Manager Dave Archer said:


“It was an absolute pleasure meeting the children and an honour to welcome them to our fire station once again.


“It was a really fun day, and there was lots of laughter from the children and firefighters!


“The children visit a number of attractions and landmarks during their visit to the UK, but they told us that coming to the fire station is one of their favourite!”


To help support the charity, please visit their Just Giving page:


Last updated 3 July 2019

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