Young fire heroes were well prepared

THEIR motto is Be Prepared, and a group of Ipswich cubs and scouts proved they were more than ready to spring into action when fire took hold near to their campsite.

By Jo Macdonald

THEIR motto is Be Prepared, and a group of Ipswich cubs and scouts proved they were more than ready to spring into action when fire took hold near to their campsite.

The youngsters from Ipswich 2nd were packing up their camp at the scout site at Hallow Tree, near the River Orwell, in Nacton, when a nearby bush caught alight.

While the fire brigade was called, the boys found any items they could get their hands on to fill with water, to take to their leaders who then slowly dowsed the flames.

By the time the firefighters turned up, their job had almost been done for them.

Akela Pat Andrews, said: "They were taking their tents down on Sunday morning and thinking about the end of camp when we saw smoke and then flames coming from a bush.

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"We told them to quickly fill anything they could find with water, from water carriers to billy cans. The scout leaders then threw the water on to the fire.

"We had got it under control between us by the time the firefighters arrived."

About 30 cubs, scouts and leaders had been camping out over the weekend and all were quick to help when their trip ended in such a big drama.

It had been difficult to reach the fire, because the flames were high up, but such was their determination to stop the blaze spreading and destroying the beautiful site they did their best and that was good enough.

"It was well alight and because it was a dry day the trees were like tinder sticks," Mrs Andrews said.

"The boys all did very well though. They were absolutely brilliant.

"They quickly ran and got things but stayed away from the fire. And when the fire engines arrived they stood back and watched the firefighters finish the job.

"It was very exciting and a completely new experience on our camping trips."

The youngsters had all shouted when the fire brigade arrived and one of the firemen spoke to them to say thank you.

The fire was still the main subject of conversation when the cubs held their pack meeting at St Bartholomew's Church, in Newton Road, on Monday night.

Mrs Andrews said she would see if there is a badge they can be presented with for their help in putting the fire out.

She added: "There's the community badge which may be suitable. Unfortunately there's not a firefighters badge though."