Notts fire crews assist with Saddleworth Moor blaze

Firefighters from Notts have been helping out with the Saddleworth Moor blaze.
Firefighters from Notts have been helping out with the Saddleworth Moor blaze.

Firefighters from across Nottinghamshire have been assisting colleagues from Lancashire and Greater Manchester in dealing with two of the largest moorland fires in recent years.

The Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service welfare unit was mobilised on Thursday to provide welfare to crews and partner agencies on Saddleworth Moor – with some members of the crew, which was made up of on-call firefighters, booking annual leave from their day jobs to attend.

On Friday firefighters from Ashfield, Warsop and East Leake also travelled up to Saddleworth Moor, after a request for assistance was made to fire and rescue services across the country. They have since been replaced by relief crews from Bingham, Southwell, Eastwood and Misterton.

Meanwhile, a crew from Collingham travelled to Lancashire to assist with the Winter Hill blaze and will be returning tonight after spending 48 hours at the scene.

Damien West, group manager at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We have not seen fires of this size and scale in this country for many years.

“That is why we were more than happy to help our colleagues in Greater Manchester and Lancashire in bringing these deep-seated fires under control and we will continue to do so in the coming days.

“I am immensely proud of the efforts of all the firefighters, from Nottinghamshire and beyond, who have worked long hours in gruelling conditions to keep our communities safe.”