Belarus youngster have a fine day out at Havant fire station

DAY OUT Children from Belarus visit blue watch at Havant fire station.      Picture: Steve Reid (112202-664)
DAY OUT Children from Belarus visit blue watch at Havant fire station. Picture: Steve Reid (112202-664)
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LEARNING how to use a hose and climb up a ladder were among the activities during a children’s visit to Havant fire station.

Ten girls from Belarus, which is still badly affected by nuclear radiation due to the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, had a whale of a time when they pulled up their sleeves and got to learn some lifesaving skills.

The crew from Blue Watch spent four hours with the girls, showing them how people are cut out of cars and showing them around the fixtures and fittings of a fire engine.

The girls are among the poorest in the Brest region of Belarus and were selected by the country’s authorities to visit the UK for 28 days.

Shelagh Wedeman, from Havant and Waterlooville Chernobyl Children Lifeline, said: ‘It was a fun-packed day. The firefighters got them a takeaway from KFC and they loved it.’

Natalia Plechko, 34, the children’s group leader, said: ‘They were all so nice.’

Watch manager Lee Havey said: ‘They all climbed a tower on a ladder and each rescued a teddy bear.

‘They were as good as gold!’