A PEMBROKE Dock firefighter has travelled to the Caribbean to help with relief efforts after the islands were struck by two hurricanes last month.

Pembroke Dock Firefighter Paul Dyson shipped out for the Caribbean on Monday, October 2 to help with disaster relief efforts after hurricanes Irma and Maria struck leaving whole communities in serious need.

Paul is taking unpaid leave from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service to work as a logistics consultant for UK Aid, which is part of the Department of International Development.

It is believed he will be posted on the British Virgin Islands, a British Overseas Territory inhabited by more than 28,000 people.

Along with assisting the disaster relief effort, Paul will teach the islanders to use fire engines and other equipment that is being shipped to the area as part of the relief.

Paul has served Pembroke Dock as a firefighter for 20 years and through his role at the Fire Service is a member of International Search and Rescue and more recently UK Search and Rescue.

This is not his first overseas mission, Paul was deployed to Haiti in response to 2010 earthquake and to Japan following the 2011 Tsunami.

Watch Manager Graeme Callan, Pembroke Dock Fire Station said, “We are very proud of Paul and the work that he will be doing out in the Caribbean.

“The images on the television of the devastation left in the aftermath of the hurricanes are hard-hitting. It brings to light the important role that Paul and the disaster relief teams will play out there.

“We are looking forward to welcoming him back on October 20 as he is a vital member of our crew at Pembroke Dock.

“Good luck Paul, from everyone at Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service!”