Bruce Reid, a retired firefighter from Harrogate, North Yorkshire, headed to the Polish Ukrainian border yesterday within the hopes of taking up a task as a firefighter, with a view to assist a Ukrainian take up arms towards Russia.
Bruce volunteered after listening to of the disaster and needed to make use of his thirty years of expertise to assist, which after all meant he can be taking his firefighter’s equipment with him.
Flying with Ryanair from Leeds Bradford Airport, Bruce checked in at noon yesterday (Sunday)- and was stunned to search out Ryanair have been charging him an additional £60 for him to take his important equipment.
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Bruce, who’s retired, acquired his equipment reissued by North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service earlier than heading out in the direction of Ukraine.
Facilitated by the Ukrainian embassy in London, Bruce is presently in Korcozowa, Poland, ready to cross the border.
Speaking to Yorkshire Live as he ready to board his flight, Bruce stated: “I’m solely volunteering my companies as a firefighter, I’ve no want in taking over arms however by doing what I’m doing might assist a fellow firefighter within the Ukraine to do precisely that.
Since arriving, Bruce has been talking together with his spouse and kids usually and stated: “I’m a little anxious until I get in there.”
Sharing on social media that he had been charged £60 to take his equipment, his buddies and shortly many others throughout social media have been outraged.
With a tweet on social media racking up hundreds of retweets, information travelled quick with many providing monetary support.
But Bruce stated it’s not the precise cash, it’s the precept.
Writing on social media, he stated: “I didn’t do this to be funded but I didn’t expect Ryanair to make me pay to put my fire kit in the hold.”
One social media branded it a “disgrace” while one other advised Ryanair “shame on you”.
Ryanair has been approached for remark.
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