Published On: Thu, Jun 15th, 2017

Firefighter reveals the harrowing marking put on helmets in case they don't come out alive

The firefighter, from London, who is called Mick, shared the photograph of his yellow helmet.

The account, which has 10,300 followers, posted the image 23 hours ago. 

The image shows the helmet with the word “Mick” written on the left hand side and the serial “A33” on the other.

The image was captioned: “You know it’s not going to be good when your told to write your name on you helmet before you go in!” [sic]

The image served as a stark reminder of the danger that fire crews face when they embark on their job.

The reason freighters’ names are written on their helmets is so that in the worst case scenario of their death they are identifiable.

Mick posts pictures of his fellow firefighters on his Twitter account as well as details of fires they attend.

The bio of the account reads: “Kentish Towner living in Essex, London Firefighter, KOL GB Subs, Gooner!”

Many people have praised firefighters in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire yesterday at 1am.

At least 17 people have died in the fire in the high-rise building and 78 were injured, with the death toll expected to rise. Eighteen people are still in critical care.

The cause of the fire is still unknown but the flames tore through the 24 storey building within minutes.

Firefighters from the London Fire Brigade responded to the incident within six minutes.

Tributes have poured out on Twitter.

One person wrote: “Not many things in this world are worse than burn injuries. I pray for the injured and the families of all the victims.


“A lot of unhappiness past few weeks now  #GrenfellTowerFire. may all those who have lost lved ones have peace, those harmed be safe,” [sic] another said.

Witnesses of the fire have been describing the events.

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