British Virgin Islands

Fire service work to help Hurricane Irma effort

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

Firefighters have donated a large batch of equipment to the British Virgin Islands Fire & Rescue Service, whose resources were devastated by Hurricane Irma.

The Category Five Hurricane blew the roof off the Caribbean headquarters with 200mph winds, damaged all six of their stations, and destroyed the homes of many officers.

After a request from the Chief Fire Officer of the British Virgin Islands, Zebalon McLean, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, along with the charity SAFE South West, joined with other branches nationwide to help out their colleagues from across the water.

Mr McLean said: "Many officers, including myself, are extremely grateful for the kit as many of our supplies have been either damaged or lost. The helmets were a God send!"

The aftermath of Hurricane Irma
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Police officers fly to British Virgin Islands to aid hurricane aftermath

Lynne French

BBC News Online

Eight officers from Devon and Cornwall Police have flown to the British Virgin Islands to support the local force in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which devastated the islands and killed at least five people.

In total, 54 officers from forces around the UK, will carry out joint patrols of the islands and assist in policing duties.

BVI police officers
Devon and Cornwall Police

Ch Con Andy Marsh from the National Police Chiefs’ Council for International Policing, said: “Once again officers from across the country have volunteered to help those in need, knowing the desolation and limited resources in the British Virgin Islands.

“We have provided support to the local police in maintaining law and order. We will continue to work closely with the British Virgin Islands police force to help return these islands to some normality.”

Hurricane Irma damage in British Virgin Islands