Gordon MP Richard Thomson has welcomed confirmation that the DVLA have issued the documentation necessary to allow a mission to send fire appliances to Ukraine to go ahead.
The MP stepped-in earlier this week after being contacted by local firefighter Mark Allan who, with colleagues from the Scottish Emergency Rescue Association (SERA), are aiming to deliver four refurbished fire appliances for use in Ukraine.
Mr Allan, a Crew Manager at Huntly Fire Station, travelled to Ukraine last year as part of a team delivering six appliances, PPE equipment and training on behalf of SERA and is getting ready to travel again but had hit a delay with the V5 forms for the appliances from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:
“I’m delighted for Mark and his colleagues that their mission can now take place.
“Mark and his colleagues at the Scottish Emergency Rescue Association do a tremendous amount of good work in buying-up redundant fire appliances and getting them refurbished for use in other countries, often driving them to their destinations themselves.
“Their current mission to Ukraine is extremely important and I wish them a safe journey there and back.”