Banbury area fire station hosts filming for BT Sport programme

A Banbury area fire station hosted filming this week for a  BT Sport programme.

Memebers of the Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, alongside colleagues from Airport Fire Services and Northants Fire and Rescue Service, took part in the filming for BT Sport as representatives of England Fire Service Rugby.

Station manager Dave Edge kindly facilitated the filming at the Deddington Fire Station on Wednesday October 7.

The piece that was being filmed is to be aired on BT Sport before the Gallagher Premiership Final on Saturday October 24.

From left: Amy Gamble (Ladies team captain) from Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service, Ryan Bowskil (7’s team manager) Airport Fire Service and Hazel Clements from Northants Fire & Rescue Service.

Firefighter Adam Whitehead, who serves as team manager for the England Fire Service Rugby team, said: "The main aim was to get key and emergency workers perspective on how lockdown and Covid-19 changed the way we worked and felt during this period of uncertainty.

"They also wanted our opinions on how much the premiership being back on the TV has helped lift spirits, and shown us light at the end of the tunnel."

They have also completed filming with police, NHS workers and teachers.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service are heavily involved in the England Fire Service Rugby section, having station manager Darran Hookway as section secretary, firefighter Adam Whitehead as team manager and watch manager Steve Potter, firefighter Jed Boyle, firefighter Oli Highton and firefighter Kimberley Lapington all as current squad members.

Amy Gamble (ladies captain) from Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service being filmed for the BT Sport programme at Deddington Fire Station

Station manager Darran Hookway is in charge of Kidlington, Bicester and Eynsham fire station.

Steve Potter is in charge of white watch at the Banbury Fire Station. Firefighter Jed Boyle and Kimberley Lapington are based at Banbury Station.

Firefighter Oli Highton is based out of the Kidlington fire station.

Firefighter and team manager Adam Whitehead is based out of the Abingdon Fire Station.

From left: Team captain Adam Whitehead (Abingdon Fire Station), Kimberley Lapington and Steve Potter (both from the Banbury Fire Station).