Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is joining a national convoy to deliver thousands of items to support firefighters on the frontline in Ukraine.

The fire service is working with UK charity FIRE AID, International Development, and the National Fire Chiefs Council, by donating two fire engines and a hydraulic platform, which are no longer in use in Greater Manchester.

Nine volunteers from across the Service will also join a convoy consisting of 15 fire engines and two lorries of equipment, which will depart on March 19.

Chief Fire Officer Dave Russel said: “The devastating scenes in Ukraine have moved everyone across GMFRS and the fire service family, and I’ve been overwhelmed by the offers of support from colleagues who want to do all they can to support the people of Ukraine.

“I’m immensely proud of our involvement in this national drive to support our fellow firefighters on the frontline. I want to thank everyone who has worked hard to coordinate this response, whether gathering the equipment, coordinating the logistics or volunteering to be part of the convoy.

"This is the fire service at its best.”

More than 40 UK fire service personnel will join FIRE AID volunteers as part of the team driving the vehicles across Europe.

The donations will be given to Polish State Fire Service before going to Ukraine.

When donations reach Ukraine, the equipment will be used to support firefighters, emergency services, and volunteers who are battling together on the front line.

Every fire service across the UK has stepped in to support these efforts.