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Event celebrates our emergency volunteers

4 September 2018

Volunteers at our Adastral Park firefighting and rapid response teams gathered to celebrate the delivery of two new fire engines.

It was also a chance to recognise the work of the 25 volunteers who give up their time to respond to emergencies and carry out safety education in addition to their full-time jobs.

Emergency crews at Adastral Park have been keeping a watchful eye over the site since 1977. During a visit, Howard Watson, BT Chief Technology and Information Officer, met volunteers of the 14-person fire crew and some of the 11-strong rapid response team, all of whom are trained emergency medical technicians.

Howard says: “We’re privileged to have such a dedicated group of firefighters and people on our rapid response team who volunteer so much of their own time to ensure the safety of others."

Howard Watson and emergency crews

He also officially launched two replacement fire appliances. The rebranded vehicles, named Cooke and Wheatstone after the inventors of the first commercial electric telegraph in 1837, were replaced as the current appliances reached the end of their economic life.

BT Chief Fire Officer Andy Clark says: “The vehicles are a key tool that the team rely on to be able to provide the support that Adastral requires, given the considerable size and diversity of risk present.”

The crew also work in the community spreading the word about fire safety, visit school fetes and have raised £4,000 for the NSPCC with their fire engine pull.

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