Year in the life of Elm­swell fire crew

EADT Suffolk - - UPFRONT -

Elm­swell Fire Sta­tion has added to its huge fundrais­ing ef­fort of £100,000, by pro­duc­ing a cal­en­dar cre­ated by fire­fighter and keen pho­tog­ra­pher Ruth Reed.

Ruth was a fire­fighter in the Lon­don Fire Bri­gade from 2001-2015, and joined the Elm­swell crew as a re­tained fire­fighter in April. “I was com­pletely blown away, not only by the crew’s ef­forts to help the lo­cal com­mu­nity and their achieve­ments – in­clud­ing watch com­man­der Brian Hawes, who ini­ti­ates much of the fundrais­ing, win­ning the Queens Fire Ser­vice Medal – but by their mod­esty and sheer love of what they do. All have full time jobs, fam­i­lies, hob­bies and other com­mit­ments, yet all are will­ing to give a mas­sive amount of time to help those in need,” she says.

Ruth de­cided to show her pride in the Elm­swell crew and help fundrais­ing by pro­duc­ing a cal­en­dar that gives the pub­lic an in­sight to their work. “This year we’ve seen some spec­tac­u­lar fires, due to the ex­treme sum­mer weather, so I was able to take some im­pres­sive shots,” she says. The cal­en­dar, spon­sored by Fal­con Print­ing Ser­vices and other lo­cal com­pa­nies, costs £9.99 (£3.95 p&p). To buy one con­tact [email protected]­folk.gov.uk.

Fire­fighter Ruth Reed with the Elm­swell fire crew cal­en­dar

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