Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service have been presented with a framed etching by a Belgian FRS in memory of the firefighters who lost their lives at a fire in Atherstone-on-Stour in 2007.

The etching was presented to Community Safety officer Richard Hobbs and Assistant Chief Fire Officer Jim Onions by the Chief Fire Officer, Demitri Vanndrome of Poperinge Fire and Rescue Service.

WFRS's friendship with Poperinge has been built over many years with regular visits by Warwickshire's Colour Party including travelling to Belgium to attend the memorial in Poperinge on Remembrance Sunday.

Talking about the visit, Assistant Chief Fire Officer for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, Jim Onions said: "The recent visit by the Chief Fire Officer of Poperinge was a real honour for us. Firefighters around the world share a common bond and the ongoing friendship and professional camaraderie that we share with our colleagues in Poperinge is something that we treasure."

The court case investigating the death of the four firefighters in a warehouse blaze in Atherstone-on-Stour is currently ongoing with the jury currently retired to consider its verdict on charges of gross negligence manslaughter.

Watch manager Adrian Ashley and station manager Timothy Woodward both deny the manslaughter of Ashley Stephens, Darren Yates-Badley, John Averis and Ian Reid.

The Crown alleges that the four firefighters lost their lives needlessly after being sent into an "obviously dangerous" situation for no good reason.

For more information visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fireandrescue 

Posted 29/05/2012 by richard.hook@pavpub.com