Massive Smurfit fire demands marathon RRT effort
On Wednesday 17th April a large fire broke out at Smurfit Kappa’s Sutton Coldfield Paper Mill, seven acres of compressed cardboard and paper made the mill a hazardous place for a huge blaze. High winds quickly fanned the flames over the property leaving the Birmingham Fire Fighters with an enormous task.
Soon, over one hundred Fire Fighters were on the scene and in the cold wind and rain most would be here for an entire shift. Local PBCC members were up for a challenge and their RRT was quick to show up and offer support in what became a 36 hour operation. Hot food and drinks, chocolates, cakes and energy drinks were provided throughout the night and, with support from Stafford PBCC members, hot breakfast was laid on for the Fire Fighters.
Team leader for the RRT said “it’s a pleasure to assist the emergency services when they are serving the community and their gratitude is unsurpassed” and the appreciation from all was clear to see. Personal thanks came from Group Commander Burnham and Handsworth Fire Crew later tweeted “#plymouth brethren church feeding the troops – many thanks”.
The Fire Crews also commented on the impressive teamwork and organisation of the RRT. Working together to bring tables, refreshments, a generator and lighting they successfully worked alongside the crews in support without hampering them. A final thanks came from the Managing Directors of Smurfitt Kappa to all those who had tirelessly toiled on their premises. 450 hot dogs, 130 bacon rolls, over 500 hot drinks and another great success for the Fire Fighters and RRT’s work.