Steve Logan

Fire Officer

Age: 47
Height: 5ft10

FAMILY / PERSONAL INFO:

I have been married to Jayne for 47 years (OK it only feels like 47 years!!) for 26 years. We live with our three grown up children Ashlee who is 23, Samuel 20 and Josh who is 19 and Oscar our beautiful grandson who is 7 months old.

SPORTING LOVES / HATES & ACHIEVEMENTS:

I love rugby having played it since the age of 8. I then played my last game at about 35. It was time to give it up then, as my nose could not take being broken again!!! I have been the Welsh Fire Services Supersportsman Champion since 1983. Ok, so it's only been held once since. SO!!

MOST ANNOYING HABIT:

I'm slightly OCD.

BIGGEST FEAR:

Snakes!

TOP THREE THINGS TO TAKE:
  1. Mobile phone to keep in contact with home

  2. Laptop to be able to view grandson photos

  3. ALL the necessary paperwork for the journey

REASON FOR GOING:

I have been visiting Serbia since 2007 and this will be my 8th visit. It has been a lot of hard work behind the scenes to take the various equipment out there and to fundraise for us to be able to achieve all we have. But seeing the difference that the equipment and training has made and the progress the country is making in the Fire Service is well worth it. There's definitely a feeling of satisfaction at what we are achieving and the build up to such a trip has been incredible. I have definitely made lasting friendships out in Serbia and we all like to help our friends. This trip is a once in a lifetime experience that I am proud to be part of. It will push people to the limits and definitely test people's patience and tolerance of each other as well as overcoming problems under pressure.

Sharon Mock

RDS Firefighter at Caerphilly fire station

Age: 44
Height: 5'5"

FAMILY / PERSONAL INFO:

My family, daughters Zoe, 20, Kimberly & Liam twins, 13. Jessica, 16, and my husband Philip, who are coming on this journey with me.

MOST ANNOYING HABIT:

Biting my nails.

BIGGEST FEAR:

To be forgotten

TOP THREE THINGS TO TAKE:
  1. Travel Kettle, coffee, mug, and dried milk

  2. Mary Poppins handbag

  3. Sense of humour

TOP THREE SONGS FOR THE RADIO:
  1. Angels - Robbie Williams

  2. Bat out of Hell - Meat Loaf

  3. Perfect Day

REASON FOR GOING:

After visiting Serbia 6 times in the last 2 years, I have made many friends, with the Serbian firefighters and their families. It gives me immense joy to open the locker on a Serbian fire appliance and see the equipment we have donated in the past, being put to good use.

Tom McCarthey

Firefighter

Age: 22
Height: 6ft1

FAMILY / PERSONAL INFO:

I'm 22 living with my parents in Caerphilly. I have a twin sister Rachel and an older brother. I am in my 3rd year as a Fire-fighter at Caerphilly. I enjoy playing football, Golf and long distance Running.

SPORTING LOVES / HATES & ACHIEVEMENTS:

I play football for Aber Valley and also for The Fire Service Team. I have recently completed a Bike Ride from Hollyhead - Cardiff while on route climbing Snowdon, Cadair Idris and Pen-y-Fan with 10 Firefighters from South Wales.

MOST ANNOYING HABIT:

Havn't got one

BIGGEST FEAR:

Dogs / Horses

TOP THREE THINGS TO TAKE:
  1. Phone

  2. Wallet

  3. Pillow

TOP THREE SONGS FOR THE RADIO:
  1. Dakota - Stereophonics

  2. bohemian rhapsody - Queen

  3. The man who can't be moved - The script

REASON FOR GOING:

This will be my seventh time to Serbia and to see the impact this project has had from previous visits it is incredible. I want to continue my support and make a difference to people's life's by making communities a safer place to live and work.

Vikki-May Jordan

Beauty therapist/Leisure Receptionist

Age: 24
Height: 5f6

FAMILY / PERSONAL INFO:

I live in Newport with my mum. I have one brother which lives in Glasgow with his wife to be and their two children. I work for the Celtic Manor full time and also work for the South Wales Fire Service one night a week instructing Young Fire-Fighters which are age between 13-17yrs old.

SPORTING LOVES / HATES & ACHIEVEMENTS:

I love watching football, love spending people's money, but hate spending my own. MY achievements throughout my life are becoming an old-timing dancing teacher, working on Cruise Ships and being involved with young fire-fighters for over 10 years

MOST ANNOYING HABIT:

biting my nails

BIGGEST FEAR:

going into a close in lift

TOP THREE THINGS TO TAKE:
  1. Camera

  2. Make-up

  3. Under-wear

TOP THREE SONGS FOR THE RADIO:
  1. Wheels on the truck (bus)

  2. Summer holiday by Cliff Richards

  3. Total Eclipse of the heart by Bonnie Tyler

REASON FOR GOING:

I have been to Serbia 8 times providing them with all kinds of equipment. The first time I went there I was over whelmed how the country had low fire equipment. Ever since we provide equipment its helped fire-fighters and save lives I'm looking forward seeing Serbian fire-fighters faces when they see 6 fire trucks arrive because last year when we took one, it was like Christmas to them. I love supporting the Serbian country, as it's a wonderful place, and very friendly people, who would do anything for you. I am proud and honoured to be part of the blazing to Serbia team.

Amilee Webber

Young Firefighter

Age: 17
Height: 5ft5

SPORTING LOVES / HATES & ACHIEVEMENTS:

I enjoy playing hockey and rounders and going to Young Firefighters

MOST ANNOYING HABIT:

I'm a girl, isn't that enough?

BIGGEST FEAR:

My ears showing

TOP THREE THINGS TO TAKE:
  1. Dry Shampoo

  2. Mobile Phone

  3. Myself

TOP THREE SONGS FOR THE RADIO:
  1. The Wheels On The Bus

  2. Video Killed The Radiostar

  3. Elvis Isn't Dead

REASON FOR GOING:

I am going on this trip to gain life experiences and to meet new people who will bring me new knowledge and an experience of a new culture.

Lewys Anderson (Chap)

Young Firefighter

Age: 16
Height: 5ft7

FAMILY / PERSONAL INFO:

I will be looking forward to the journey to serbia, and all the countries that were stoping off at. I'm used to traveling with cardiff city with my father.But not really as far. I think my grandparents will be looking forward to its over, fair play to my grandad he been really good (as a taxi service) running me around to various things.

SPORTING LOVES / HATES & ACHIEVEMENTS:

I'm a fan of Cardiff City Football Club.

MOST ANNOYING HABIT:

Chapstick.

BIGGEST FEAR:

Snakes.

TOP THREE THINGS TO TAKE:
  1. Chapstick.

  2. Ipod.

  3. Coca-Cola.

TOP THREE SONGS FOR THE RADIO:
  1. The Specials - Do The Dog

  2. Oasis - Champagne Supernova.

  3. Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored.

REASON FOR GOING:

For an amazing, once in a lifetime experience. I have family members who have vintage fire engines and I have been in them for an hour, so travelling for a few days would be great. However, my main hobby is clothes, following my brother, so not being able to wear designer clothes will be hard.

Ryan Farruggia

Young Firefighter

Age: 17
Height: 5'11

FAMILY / PERSONAL INFO:

I'm a very out going person who's always up for a good laugh, i enjoy meeting new friends and socialising with others and always up for trying new things, foods, drinks, activities etc... I have the best family anyone could ask for and wouldn't change them for the world, especially my nephew and niece Evan and Ruby-Grace! uncle Ry loves you!!

SPORTING LOVES / HATES & ACHIEVEMENTS:

Cardiff City, Tennis, Snooker, Golf and Gym

MOST ANNOYING HABIT:

Well according to Alex and Darcey, being myself, thanks guy's :)

BIGGEST FEAR:

Haven't really got one, or might just haven't found it yet.

TOP THREE THINGS TO TAKE:
  1. Phone and charger

  2. Clothes

  3. IPod

TOP THREE SONGS FOR THE RADIO:
  1. Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum

  2. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under The Bridge

  3. Stereophonics - Dakota

REASON FOR GOING:

For an experience and to meet new people and become friends, to be able to travel across Europe with awesome people and to have a really good time with them and also the Serbians.

Katie Allen

Road Safety Officer SWFRS

Age: 22
Height: 5.5

FAMILY / PERSONAL INFO:

I'm 22 I live at home with my parents and brother. Went to university did a degree which I don't use (like most students) as I now work for the Fire Service. I'm A bit of a dare devil love doing anything crazy like jumping out of airplanes!

SPORTING LOVES / HATES & ACHIEVEMENTS:

Biggest achievement doing a 12,000 ft Skydive! Love doing outdoor pursuits and ice skate as a hobby

MOST ANNOYING HABIT:

Bite my lip!

BIGGEST FEAR:

Wasps!

TOP THREE THINGS TO TAKE:
  1. Camera

  2. Comfy clothes

  3. Pain killers for the bumpy ride!

TOP THREE SONGS FOR THE RADIO:
  1. Adele - set fire to rain

  2. Tracy Chapman - Fast Car

  3. Coldplay - Viva la vida

REASON FOR GOING:

To support such a worthy cause this will be my third visit to Serbia and it's clear to see how much they would benefit from our end of life vehicles and equipment...What a road trip it's going to be.

Rhys Cronin (Smiler)

Barman

Age: 20
Height: 5ft11

SPORTING LOVES / HATES & ACHIEVEMENTS:

I like Cardiff City Football Club. I'm rugby coach to St Helens RC School.

MOST ANNOYING HABIT:

I always have to be right.

BIGGEST FEAR:

Dieing

TOP THREE SONGS FOR THE RADIO:
  1. Status Quo - Rock'n All Over The World.

  2. Welsh Male Voice Choir - Men or Harlech.

  3. Max Boyce - Our Little Valley.

REASON FOR GOING:

I believe that one man can make a difference in someone else's life. So lets see what a whole group can do. I am also doing this to make my Bampy proud. I know if he was still with me he would be behind us all the way. So I'm doing it for you Bamp.

Beci Jewell

Firefighter

Age: 23
Height: 5' 5"

FAMILY / PERSONAL INFO:

Will be marring my long suffering fiance Matt in September, we have a son William who is one.

SPORTING LOVES / HATES & ACHIEVEMENTS:

I love rugby, martial arts and athletics. I hate football. My achievements - having my son, taking part in Miss Wales and competing at international level in Karate.

MOST ANNOYING HABIT:

I have been told that I talk quite a bit...

BIGGEST FEAR:

Clowns

TOP THREE THINGS TO TAKE:
  1. Headache tablets

  2. I-pod

  3. Lots of changes of pants

TOP THREE SONGS FOR THE RADIO:
  1. AC/DC - all night long

  2. Stereophonics - long way round

  3. Eric Clapton - Wonderful tonight (a Serbia classic!)

REASON FOR GOING:

To help the friends that I have made over the last 4 years on visits to Serbia and the communities that they serve, stay safe in their work and home lives.

Andrew Graham

Administrator (Wales & West Utilities)

Age: 18
Height: 6 Foot

FAMILY / PERSONAL INFO:

Currently living at home in Newport with my mum, dad and sister.

SPORTING LOVES / HATES & ACHIEVEMENTS:

Love most sports, especially hockey and rugby. Hate cricket.

MOST ANNOYING HABIT:

Random giggles

BIGGEST FEAR:

falling asleep at work

TOP THREE THINGS TO TAKE:
  1. i pod

  2. Phone

  3. Cookies

TOP THREE SONGS FOR THE RADIO:
  1. Underdog by You me at six

  2. Hunt the Haunted by Kids in glass houses

  3. Have a nice day by stereophonics

REASON FOR GOING:

To help as much as I can with this great cause. See Serbia and the rest of Europe and to have some fun along the way.

Alex Worgan

Care Assistant

Age: 20
Height: 5'8

FAMILY / PERSONAL INFO:

I have an amazing supportive family Jackie, Dave & Scott as well as some strange girls that I kind of put up with! They all mean the world to me, even if I have to bite my tongue now & then with them!

SPORTING LOVES / HATES & ACHIEVEMENTS:

I love lying in bed, Driving & talking hate heights even though these guys (young fire fighters) managed to make me do a 12,000 ft sky dive!

MOST ANNOYING HABIT:

Being mouthy - Says the mother! & waking up too happy!

BIGGEST FEAR:

Falling - you all know those annoying dreams when your falling and wake up scared...

TOP THREE THINGS TO TAKE:
  1. Food - Mostly junk!

  2. Camera - For those cracking pictures

  3. Kopparberg - Just to make the trip :p

TOP THREE SONGS FOR THE RADIO:
  1. Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi

  2. Summer Holiday - Cliff Richards

  3. Give Me Everything - Pitball

REASON FOR GOING:

To see the amazing friends that we have made over in Serbia and for the amazing experience it will be driving over with our gang!

Michaella Cooper

Firefighter Green Watch Cwmbran

Age: 31
Height: 5' 5"

FAMILY / PERSONAL INFO:

I live the Forest of Dean, with my little dog and 4 horses!

SPORTING LOVES / HATES & ACHIEVEMENTS:

Currently competing in British Eventing with my Welsh Cob X Arab. Hoping for an injury free season!

MOST ANNOYING HABIT:

Talking in my sleep...sorry guys!

BIGGEST FEAR:

Spiders with hairy legs!

TOP THREE THINGS TO TAKE:
  1. Hair straighteners

  2. Red bull

  3. Chocolate

TOP THREE SONGS FOR THE RADIO:
  1. Heather Peace - Album

  2. Jill Jackson - Album

  3. Pink - All Albums

REASON FOR GOING:

Having met the wonderful firefighters and people of Serbia this is my chance to return their kindness that they had given to me on my visit to Serbia earlier this year. By giving them the equipment they can continue to save lives and continue to provide an outstanding service to their communities.

Chris Sarah (Lurch)

Firefighter

Age: 21
Height: 6ft9

FAMILY / PERSONAL INFO:

I'm single and live on my own. If there is anyone out there to cook, iron my clothes and clean my house, give me a ring

MOST ANNOYING HABIT:

I shower for too long but look at the size of me!

BIGGEST FEAR:

My mother

TOP THREE THINGS TO TAKE:
  1. Mobile Phone

  2. Ipod - can only take so much of the others moaning

  3. Myself

TOP THREE SONGS FOR THE RADIO:
  1. Thin Lizzy - Boys Are Back In Town

  2. David Hasslehoff - Jump In My Car

  3. Linkin Park - In The End

REASON FOR GOING:

The experience

Rebecca Jones

Driving Instructor

Age: 32
Height: 5'5

FAMILY / PERSONAL INFO:

I have been a driving instructor for the past 8 years. The last 3 years I have been an independent instructor with my own driving school Bloomin' Learners. During my time spent with BSM I was fortunate to have the opportunity of teaching 2 well known Welsh celebrities! Charlotte Church (I even managed to get myself in a few copies of Heat Magazine) and Matt Johnson formerly a presenter of the 'Wales Show' on ITV but now recognised in 'The Hub' on the morning television show 'This Morning'

I live with my very naughty but cheeky 3 year old boy...now this job is by far the most demanding one I have ever taken on!! In order to participate in the drive to Serbia I will need to undertake my LGV licence! So no pressure Bec but you will look like a numpty if you don't pass!! Ha!

SPORTING LOVES / HATES & ACHIEVEMENTS:

I really enjoy swimming and squash (but not at the same time)...but I HATE the gym with a passion!! I once jumped out of an aeroplane at 10,000 ft for charity (with a parachoute)!! And dislocated my jaw!! Ouch!!

MOST ANNOYING HABIT:

Hmmmm....me?? Annoying?? Well apparently I do say 'you know what I mean' all the time!!!...you know what I mean?? Ha!!

BIGGEST FEAR:

Wasps

TOP THREE THINGS TO TAKE:
  1. Iphone

  2. Toothbrush

  3. Tweezers

TOP THREE SONGS FOR THE RADIO:
  1. Calon Lan...Bryn Terfel

  2. Tequilla sunrise.... The Eagles

  3. Amazing...Bruno Mars

REASON FOR GOING:

It's an opportunity I couldn't miss out on!! This project is much bigger than I originally thought! The time and effort that has been dedicated by the Fire Service is tremendous and I'm honoured to be a part of it! Here's to Serbia!!!!

Jen Rogers

Firefighter

Age: 23
Height: 5ft6

FAMILY / PERSONAL INFO:

I live on my own in Caerphilly. I'm really close to my mam and dad who also live in Caerphilly with my twin brothers.

SPORTING LOVES / HATES & ACHIEVEMENTS:

I play hockey for Howardians Ladies Hockey Club. I have played County hockey at U14 U16 and U18 level, South Wales hockey at U16 and U18 level and Welsh Academy at U16. I have also played for the Welsh Presidents XI at U16. I also enjoy coaching hockey and enjoy keeping fit by running and going to the gym. I enjoy watching football, I'm a Man Utd supporter, but I hate rugby!!

MOST ANNOYING HABIT:

Slightly OCD, cds and dvds have to be in alphabetical order. Cups and glasses in equal rows etc.

BIGGEST FEAR:

Lots!! Snakes, Spiders....the usual.

TOP THREE THINGS TO TAKE:
  1. Mobile Phone.

  2. Dry shampoo.

  3. Portaloo.

TOP THREE SONGS FOR THE RADIO:
  1. Alannah Myles - Black Velvet.

  2. All of Abba's songs to sing along to.

  3. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody (Its me and Toms karaoke song).

REASON FOR GOING:

I have been visiting Serbia since 2007 and this will be my 8th visit. It has been a lot of hard work behind the scenes to take the various equipment out there and to fundraise for us to be able to achieve all we have. But seeing the difference that the equipment and training we provided has made and the progress the country is making in the Fire Service is well worth it. There's definitely a feeling of self-satisfaction at what we are achieving and the build up to such a trip has been incredible. I have definitely made lasting friendships out in Serbia and we all like to help our friends. This trip is a once in a lifetime experience that I am proud to be part of. It will push people to the limits and definitely test people's patience and tolerance of eachother as well as overcoming problems under pressure.

Paul Price

Watch Manager

Age: 43
Height: 5ft10

FAMILY / PERSONAL INFO:

Married to Helen with one daughter aged 18

SPORTING LOVES / HATES & ACHIEVEMENTS:

I Love all types of Motorsport, I hate football. Biggest achievement was the midwife handing me a bundle and saying Mr Price you are now the proud father of a baby Girl (and boy Haven't it cost me some money since)

MOST ANNOYING HABIT:

Snoring (Allegedly)

BIGGEST FEAR:

Rakia

TOP THREE THINGS TO TAKE:
  1. A week with 7 days

  2. Ear plugs for Steve

  3. Towel for morning sleeps in chair

TOP THREE SONGS FOR THE RADIO:
  1. Penny Arcade (Roy Orbison)

  2. The Answer (David Alexander)

  3. Just Haven't met you yet (Michael Bubble)

REASON FOR GOING:

To help make a difference to a complete Country. To help our Serbian comrades better protect and serve their communities and spend time with the friends I have made during my visits there.

Jessica Mock

Young Firefighter

Age: 16
Height: 5ft6

FAMILY / PERSONAL INFO:

I live in Caerphilly with my dad, mum, 2 sisters and my brother. Yes, it's a pretty full house!

SPORTING LOVES / HATES & ACHIEVEMENTS:

Well, ummm, nothing!

MOST ANNOYING HABIT:

I have an answer for everything

BIGGEST FEAR:

Drowning

TOP THREE THINGS TO TAKE:
  1. Mobile phone

  2. Ear plugs as I have noisey friends

  3. Toothbrush

TOP THREE SONGS FOR THE RADIO:
  1. Mike Prosner - Bow Chick Wow Wow

  2. Rebecca Black - Friday (Only on Friday of course)

  3. Anything by Taylor Swift

REASON FOR GOING:

It sounds interesting to see the other countries on the way as well as seeing Serbia. Any country is better than here!

Tim Pedrick

Fire Officer/Station Manager

Age: 47
Height: 5'10

FAMILY / PERSONAL INFO:

Married to Lynda and have 3 Children Hywel, Matthew & Kate and a dog called Lucie

SPORTING LOVES / HATES & ACHIEVEMENTS:

Rugby & Long Distance Running, Spending Money, Joining the Fire Service, Gaining a Masters Degree

MOST ANNOYING HABIT:

Picking my toe nails!

BIGGEST FEAR:

Snakes!

TOP THREE THINGS TO TAKE:
  1. Ipod

  2. Phone

  3. Toolbox

TOP THREE SONGS FOR THE RADIO:
  1. Blazing to Serbia theme song - vocals James Randell

  2. Fantastic Day -Haircut 100

  3. Nothings gonna stop us now -Starship

REASON FOR GOING:

Its great to be a part of this project contributing to help a less well off nation improve their firefighting and rescue capabilities .This will benefit the citizens and communities of Serbia in the future by providing them with greatly improved equipment and enhanced training. A very worth while cause.

Philip Mock

Crew Manager, MOD St Athan Fire & Rescue

Age: 49
Height: 5ft11

SPORTING LOVES / HATES & ACHIEVEMENTS:

Don't do sports

MOST ANNOYING HABIT:

Don't know, ask the wife

BIGGEST FEAR:

Forget something important - probably my passport.

TOP THREE THINGS TO TAKE:
  1. Camers

  2. Laptop

  3. Deodrant

TOP THREE SONGS FOR THE RADIO:
  1. Queen - Don't stop me now

  2. Madness - I've been driving in my car

  3. Roy Orbison - I drove all night

REASON FOR GOING:

Making a difference. Having been to Serbia and seen the working conditions of my counterparts, I hope to improve their lot in some small way. The way I can achieve this is by giving up my time to help drive these vehicles across Europe.

I have seen the improvements, which have already made the Serbian firefighters conditions safer, and more productive, through previous donations of Breathing Apparatus, hydraulic rescue equipment, better protective equipment, and of course the fire appliance that was donated last year.

The Team

The Blazing to Serbia team is led by Station Manager Steve Logan, who is the Station Commander at Caerphilly and Rhymney Fire Stations. The team consists of male and female firefighters who work both the wholetime duty system and the retained duty system, Young Firefighters, former Young Firefighters, TV Crew, Two Scout Leaders and an Orlando Firefighter.







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