Firefighters help launch new stamps

FIREFIGHTERS from Princes Street station in Ipswich are helping to launch some special Royal Mail stamps in honour of the fire service.There will be six new designs on the stamps featuring different images of fire crews from across the UK and these will be issued from next Tuesday.

FIREFIGHTERS from Princes Street station in Ipswich are helping to launch some special Royal Mail stamps in honour of the fire service.

There will be six new designs on the stamps featuring different images of fire crews from across the UK and these will be issued from next Tuesday.

The stamps show crews not only fighting fires, but also dealing with many different types of incidents like floods and chemical incidents, and undertaking community engagement work.

The idea is to pay tribute to fire and rescue services across the country, which save thousands of lives each year.

Melanie Corfield, Royal Mail's head of external relations for London and the South East, said: “Behind the familiar sight and sound of a fire engine is the serious business of saving lives. These stamps highlight the courage and bravery of our firefighters and the many important aspects of the service's work.”

The 1st Class stamp shows two firefighters tackling a blaze. Latest figures show that in 2007 Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service attended 363 fires in the home - most of which started in the kitchen.