Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service give support for Grenfell Tower Firefighters

Last week Penzance Community Fire Station hosted 12 of the firefighers from London Fire Brigade (LFB) who attend the Grenfell Tower incident back June 2017.

The LFB group were with Penzance crews from 5-7 September taking part in a range of activities organised by the Community Fire Station with the help and generosity of local businesses and organisations.

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The aim of the trip was to boost wellbeing and show support and respect not only from Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety (CFRCS) Service but from Cornwall as a whole, in addition to the ongoing counselling many of the firefighters, including their Commissioner Dany Cotton, are receiving since the traumatic incident on 14 June.

Fire officers Michelle and Mark Grenfell, with support for the crew and local businesses, created a three day Cornish break for the LFB firefighters with and assortment activities. The itinerary included:

  • A trip out on with the RNLI Penlee Lifeboat
  • Surfing lesson with the St Ives Surf School, which for some was their first time trying their hands at wave riding
  • Coasteering with Kernow Coasteering
  • BBQ hosted by the Bath Inn in Penzance where others from across the Service joined in to meet the LFB group and enjoy a burger or two.
  • A fun challenge at the Cornwall Escape Rooms
  • A trip across the causeway to St Michaels Mount to tour the castle and take in the breath taking views from the top tower, before heading back to London Thursday afternoon.

Area Manager Kathryn Billing: ‘We would like to thank our 999 family from Blue Watch North Kensington for coming down and spending time with us in our beautiful county. It’s a known fact the outdoors and keeping yourself active benefit your mental health and wellbeing. Our service was proud to be involved in such a humbling occasion, you just can’t explain experiences like this; to use the words of the Watch Manager “it feels like we’ve known each other forever”. I would like to thank the generosity and support from so many that have allowed us to make memories which we will never forget. Special thanks to Michelle and Mark fire officers from Penzance who were instrumental in making this happen. We hope to extend our welcome to other crews from London in the future.’

Fundraising took place earlier in the month when Penzance crews hosted and took part in a ladder climb raising a total of £447 to go towards the Grenfell firefighters.

In addition we received an unprecedented amount of support from so many business and organisations and all from CFRCS Service and LFB thank you.

A special thank you goes to the following for their generous support throughout the trip:

  • YHA Penzance
  • Penlee RNLI
  • St Ives Surf School
  • Porthmeor Café
  • St Michaels Mount
  • Cornwall Mustang Hire
  • Kernow Coasteering
  • The Bath Inn
  • Philps Bakery
  • Cornwall Escape Rooms
  • Cornwall Hugs Grenfell Charity

The trip has been such a success that future visits for those who feel it could help their recovery and rehabilitation are already being discussed. In the meantime all of us at Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Service and all in Cornwall wish everyone affected by the tragic event a speedy recovery and there will always been a warm welcome for them here in Cornwall.

Story posted 12 September 2017