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Storms Menri and Matt Green

Portico is helping a firefighter who is fundraising to provide kit for those who put themselves in danger, with only the most basic equipment for protection.

Cosham firefighter Storms Menri has launched a fundraising drive to send redundant Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service (HIWFRS) kit to Ghana.

Firefighters in the African country have very limited access to protective clothing and often turn out to jobs without the equipment needed to keep themselves safe.

In contrast, Storms and his HIWFRS colleagues are never without their personal protective equipment, including fire-proof jackets and trousers, thick-soled boots, helmets and gloves, to keep them safe.

He’s now teamed up with charity FIRE AID to get a shipping container full of old HIWFRS clothing delivered to Ghana.

On Saturday morning, one of our team, key account manager Matt Green, joined Storms to support him as he took on Southsea Parkrun in full firefighting gear.

Portico is working with Storms and FIRE AID to arrange transport for the container to Ghana, which will be packed with second hand protective gear which will help Ghanian firefighters tackle emergencies with increased confidence.

Portico’s customs agency is providing free customs clearance and freight forwarding services, to make sure the container gets there from Portsmouth without any delays.

Matt Green, key account manager at Portico said “It was an honour to come down to Southsea Parkrun to support Storms and his fundraising efforts, which will mean that essential firefighting equipment can get to Ghana. At the moment, many firefighters in the African country have to fight fires without basic protective equipment. After seeing him tackle 5km in just 25 minutes whilst in his full firefighting kit, I’ve seen first-hand his determination to raise the funds needed!”

You can find out more about the project and donate to the fundraiser here.