Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Dream come true visit for 5 year old Toby

Yesterday (Tuesday 10 July) firefighters on Red Watch Orsett had an extra special visitor, five year old Toby Peters, who joined them for a morning at the fire station.

Toby, who has been receiving daily treatment for leukaemia for the past three years, came to the fire station with his mum, Heather and dad, Warren, for the visit which had been arranged by Orsett Watch Manager Vince Payne and Gold Geese, a local charity who support children with cancer.

Watch Manager Vince Payne said:

“It was an absolute pleasure to have Toby and his parents here at the fire station today. When we heard how much this little boy had been through for the past three years we were really keen to make sure he had a day to remember.

“Toby joined in with all our daily tasks; checking the fire engine and equipment, doing ladder and hose drills in the yard and he also really enjoyed a nice cup of tea with us which definitely made him one of the crew for the day! Toby also got to meet our Service’s search and rescue dogs, and he got to see them in action by hiding so they could show how they find people.

“Toby was full of smiles and laughter all day, even when he got soaking wet from the hose testing! What an amazing strong, happy and determined little boy he is.

“On behalf of the whole crew we want to wish Toby all the best for the last few months of his treatment, and hope he comes back and visits us again soon”.


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