Cyfle Building Skills apprentices have recently been a part of a project to construct a new build for 22 local volunteer firefighters in the Serbian village of Tometino Polje. The very active Tometinto Polje Voluntary Fire Brigade consists of 22 members, set up to fight forest fires in summer in and around our small village in West Serbia. Their only fire engine (1957 Green Goddess) is beginning to degrade due to the extremes of summer and winter, hence the need to build her a fire station.
The Fire Brigade is legally established in Serbia and are members of Blazing to Serbia and also Fire Aid. The Ground Breaking Ceremony in September was attended by Blazing o Serbia, local dignitaries and the British Ambassador, HMA, Denis Keefe.
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THE BUILD PROJECT:
Funding was secured from the local council to enable them to build the station over 3 years but budgets are very tight.
Simple plans were prepared and the station site was excavated and ready for activity.
The plan for the first year of build was to create foundations, build walls on the first floor and assemble the ceiling.
Work began in late May and Cyfle Building Skills sent out their first of two teams in early June 2018 for a two week visit. The basic structure of the fire station will be complete by the 30th of June, when team 2 have returned from their 2 week visit.
After the first week of the visit to Serbia by team 1 of Cyfle Building Skills, a progress report was sent.
It was said by Melissa and Zoran that although the first day on the build project was a challenge with water shortages and power cuts; the team overcame this and “on the second day we had 16 volunteers on site and were enjoying good support from brigade members”.
Below are some progression images on the fire station build by team 1 and 2 working cooperatively with the Serbian Brigade.
This is an updated picture of the Fire Station as it is finished.