100 troops deployed to fight fire on Saddleworth Moor

Originally published at the UK Defence Journal. Link here

Around 100 soldiers and an RAF Chinook helicopter have been deployed to assist the Manchester Fire & Rescue Service on Saddleworth Moor.

The soldiers, from 4th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland, will deploy from their barracks in Catterick, and will operate out of a nearby Army Training Centre.

The RAF Chinook will arrive later today from RAF Odiham in Hampshire, and will airlift heavy equipment including water pumps.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson made the below statement:

“I pay tribute to our Armed Forces’ professionalism, dedication and sense of duty. They are proving once again that Britain can always depend on our troops to protect us no matter the time, no matter the place, and no matter the problem”

Saddleworth Moor is an area of the Peak District, situated in Greater Manchester. The fire broke out on 24th June, however began to burn out of control on the 26th and was declared a major incident.

Later that day, 150 people were evacuated from the surrounding area. Late last night, 29 fire engines and more than 100 firefighters were at the scene of the fire. The Manchester Fire & Rescue Service made the decision to request military support.

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