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Case Study: Moldova

An example of our work: Moldova

Since 2013, six FIRE AID members supported by 7 different UK fire services have been working in the Republic of Moldova to provide much needed equipment and training to the national fire service.

At the time of starting there were:

  • 144 fire appliances covering the whole country. This is 92 fewer than the recommended minimum number.
  • 8 appliances fit for responding to road traffic collisions.
  • 7% of appliances that fell within the government’s terms of service.
  • 93% of appliances were more than 13 years old.

“Upon our arrival at the fire station [in Edinet, Moldova], I was shocked to see that our appliance would be replacing a 1967 water tanker. The station actually had two of them, but only one had a pump. It was then that I was able to fully appreciate the significance of our journey, and the impact that the donation would have on saving lives in Moldova.”

Sam Sellick, Kent Fire and Rescue Service

Project steps

Identify the needs of a country or region

Understand their post-crash systems and capacities

Develop an intervention strategy

Develop and deliver bespoke training alongside relevant equipment provision.

Develop sustainable strategies

Undertake reviews

Equipment stats


Water rescue boats

Fire appliances

Personal protective equipment sets

Breathing apparatus sets

Road traffic collison sets

Water rescue equipment


  • Trained over 1,200 fire fighters delivered by over 50 volunteer UK fire and rescue expert instructors.
  • Hosted over 10 delegates in the UK for training with the UK fire and rescue service.
  • Educated over 2,500 school children.
  • Introduced EASST Road Safety Education Pack into Moldovan national curriculum thanks to the support of the Moldovan Government.
  • This equipment and training has saved over 200 lives

“The road traffic equipment is very useful to us. We have never had this before, and the training provided meant we were able to learn how to use the equipment too. This road traffic collision equipment will allow us to save more lives where we previously wouldn’t have been able to.”

Kostya, Tiraspol Fire and Rescue Service

Project Partners

Membership of FIRE AID is currently free and open to registered charities and not-for-profit organisations. A list of FIRE AID’s current membership is as follows:

Steering Committee Members

London Fire Brigade (LFB)
Eastern Alliance for Safe and Sustainable Transport (EASST) – a FIRE AID founding member
Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA)
National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC)
Kent Fire & Rescue Service
Operation Florian – a FIRE AID founding member
Staffordshire Emergency Services Humanitarian Aid Association (SESHAA) – a FIRE AID founding member
UK Rescue Organisation (UKRO) – a FIRE AID founding member
Women in the Fire Service UK (WFS)
World Rescue Organisation (WRO)
Blythswood Care

FIRE AID Members

Blazing to Serbia
Changing Lives Nepal
Africa Fire Mission
SPEAR Search and Rescue
Scottish Emergency Rescue Association (SERA)
Fire Safety Friends of Russia – a FIRE AID founding member
Luxembourg Rescue Organisation
Operation Sabre
SAFE South West
Safer Rounds Foundation
International Emergency Team UK
Voluntary Fire Brigade Tometino Polje – Serbia NGO
Firefighter Aid Ukraine 
International Emergency Team UK 
Friends of the Road

Associate Members

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service
Devon and Sommerset Fire and Rescue Service
Herefordshire and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service
The Gurkha Memorial Fund

Affiliate Members

LION Group Inc.
RSF Hellas Voluntary Communication and Rescue Team

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