Swedish rescue service volunteers help Ukrainian colleagues
Three large fire trucks and three ambulances as another gift from the organization of Swedish volunteers “Blaljus i samverkan” to Ukrainian communities. This time, the rescue equipment will go to Zelenodolsk in the Dnipropetrovsk region, Bogodukhiv in the Kharkiv region and Rivne. The handover took place in Lviv on Rynok Square near the City Hall.
“From the beginning of the russian invasion, our organization, which until now was engaged in helping veterans of the Swedish rescue services, decided that it was our duty to help Ukraine. We have already provided assistance to Ukrainian colleagues for more than 2 million euros and transferred almost 40 units of transport. Money for equipment is collected by ordinary citizens through donations and charitable organizations.” – said the president of “Blaljus i samverkan” Par Johanson.
One of the fire engines was brought to Lviv by the mayor of Bengtsfors, Stig Bertilson. For him, it was an opportunity to meet in Ukraine with his colleague from Zelenodolsk, Dmytro Neveseyl. The communities met at the Swedish-Ukrainian partnership forum in Stockholm, which was organized by the Swedish Association of Local and Regional Authorities SALAR and Lviv City Institute as part of the “Cities4Cities | United4Ukraine”.
“Our community is constantly bombarded by rockets and drones. The occupiers have been trying to destroy the large power plant in the city for a year. In addition, part of the community is actually on the front line and is subjected to artillery fire. Our firefighters work in very difficult conditions and this assistance is critically important. I am very grateful to our Swedish friends,” Dmytro Nevesely, head of the Zelenodolsk community, told about his impressions of the meeting with his colleague.