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Thank you letter from the Town of Kursk Town presented to Chris H 2nd February2013



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Presentation of a Fire Safety Friends Of  Russia Shield and Certificate to the staff at Shoreham Fire Station in recognition of their significant help and support, in particular with fund raising. The support we receive from Stations like Shoreham is vital to our success.

Watch Manager Mark Ross and Crew Manager Darren Seymore accepting our gift.

JULY 2012

As part of our cooperation with development of training, Dmitry Shtyrov, Deputy Fire Chief The 27th Moscow Fire Department of the Federal Fire Service. Alexander Shlyapin, Senior Instructor, Moscow Fire & Rescue College and Denis Barbulev,

Vice-president, OAO "PTS" visited the UK 8th to 11th July 2012.

Grateful thanks to The Fire Service College, London Gatwick Airport Fire and Rescue Service, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Fire and Rescue Solutions Ltd and Cosalt, for making the visit a complete success.


The Fire Service College
Left to right - Mark Winder, Alexander, Dmitry, Matt Armstrong and Denis

Gatwick Airport with Barry Alderslade, Deputy Airport Fire Manager

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Visit to Kursk as guest of Town Administration for Town day celebrations.

Attendance at conference on new Volunteer Fire Service and meeting with General Zoubkov to discuss assistance with the introduction of the Volunteer Fire Service.

Meeting with Anantoly Meekailovich Babenko, Regional Chief Fire Officer, to discuss details for shipment of the two Sabres.

Left - at Town Day Celebrations next to the display cabinet at the Administration Offices with gifts from the UK including from
Worthing and Chichester.

Right - with Anatoly at Kursk Emergency Services HQ following the meeting with the General.

AUGUST 8th - 9th 2011


Two Dennis Sabres collected from storage in Lincolnshire and placed in FSFOR storage area Sussex. Work to prepare the vehicles and paperwork for shipping to Kursk will start week commencing 22nd. Link showing N775 OUF in service at Loughborough, Leicestershire.

APRIL11th 2011

VDPO present medal in recognition of work of FSFOR.

I humbly accept this award only as recognition of all the work and support you, trustees, members and supporters have given to our project. 

My sincere thanks to you all. 


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FEBRUARY 6th 2011

With Darren and Tim, donation of fire fighting protective clothing collected and put into store. Needs to be sorted and packed ready for shipping. 

DECEMBER 29th 2010

Recruitment drive planned for January 2011 accompanied by launch of  a Face Book Page.


DECEMBER 24th 2010

2 Dennis Sabres close to being ready for shipping together with 1000 sets of personal protective clothing. Help will be needed early New Year, to prepare the vehicles and equipment for shipping. 6 Dennis Sabres expected to be available for a convoy around June 2011.


DECEMBER 20th 2010

Following a meeting at the Fire Service College. Bob Rearie, Operational Training is heading the training projects for FSFOR together with Martin Johnson, Specialist Operations.

A visit to Moscow and Kursk is planned for Martin in the first quarter 2011 to advise and help with the setting up of fire behaviour training in both Moscow and Kursk. Also, to start providing co-operation and assistance to the Fire Faculty, Kursk State Polytechnic College.


DECEMBER 8th 2010

Visits made in June and September. Russian liaison team formed. Major progress in improved communications, organising future shipping, procurement and volunteer support from specialists especially in training, including wild fires and fund raising.


APRIL 20th 2010

Membership Scheme launched.


MARCH 7th 2009

Work of Fire Safety Friends Of Russia added to the CFOA International Development Data Base.
Link - - International Development - IDP Support Data Base

MARCH 16th 2008

The three Dennis appliances entering Kursk towards the end of their long journey. Delayed by several days due to the vehicles having to change ferry at Bremerhaven and then difficulties at St Petersburg with new regulations regarding the import of the basket strainers. Unfortunately, the alternator on the G reg. played up, so that also caused some problems having to charge the batteries using another vehicle. CH.

The Outskirts of Kursk

Arrival at Station 16 & Workshops, Kursk

FEBRUARY 26th 2008

The three former West Sussex Dennis fire appliances reported below left Shoreham Airport this morning en route for Sheerness. With a healthy presence from the local media to report on the occasion, the vehicles set off shortly after 10:15 am.

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DECEMBER 4th 2007

We have three more Dennis fire appliances almost ready for shipping. We hope to send them on their way in the next few weeks. The team are at present busy ensuring they are fit for the long journey to Kursk. Although they will go from Sheerness to St Petersburg by ship, they still have to be driven by our Russian Fires Service colleagues approximately 1223 km / 760 m. in temperatures below zero, possibly less than minus 20. So, we want to make sure they are as good mechanically as we can get them.

They will be equipped with Roof Ladders, Light Portable Pumps, Generators, Suction Hose and Strainers and High Pressure Hose Reels. They will also carry a small quantity of firefighters uniforms, helmets and spare hose.

With the support and help of Shoreham Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Service, Shoreham Airport Management have very kindly provided us with undercover secure storage where we can also prepare the vehicles. Paul Smith and the Airport Fire Service Staff have also given us fantastic practical help. We are very grateful to all at Shoreham Airport.

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