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Teddy bears on board fire engines to comfort distressed children

Firefighters in one London borough have been issued hundreds of teddy bears to comfort distressed children.

Up to 450 trauma teddies will be deployed in the borough's fire engines Credit: LFB

Fire crews in Hillingdon have been handed over 450 so-called "trauma teddies" to hand to youngsters caught up in upsetting or traumatic incidents.

Up to four of the teddies will accompany firefighters inside their engines, London Fire Brigade (LGB) announced.

LFB enlisted the help of the Women's Institute to knit the bears, with different patterns for boys and girls.

The bears will make their first appearance at Hillingdon fire station on August 10 for an initial period of three months.

We feel privileged that Hillingdon is the first borough within the London Fire Brigade to use this scheme and we hope it will be a great success.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work in partnership with the Women’s Institute to try to lessen the impact of the trauma experienced by children at emergency incidents.

All to often when we attend emergency incidents, we see children who are upset and who cannot understand what is happening and why we are there.

We understand how upsetting and scary these experiences can be and we will now be able offer some small comfort in the way of a teddy.

Providing the trauma teddies will also give us the opportunity to engage with the children and lessen the impact of the circumstances they find themselves in.

– Richard Claydon, borough commander