It’s understood that Pew, Pew, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grubb, better known as Trumpton’s crack firefighting heroes, along with their CO, Captain Flack, are currently on an RAF transporter plane that left RAF Brize Norton this morning, en route to undertake an extraordinary aid mission helping to tackle the currently out-of-control wildfires burning in the Amazon.

Captain Flack, who personally took the call from Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, pleading for their assistance, lost no time whatsoever in halting proceedings at the G7 talks to get Prime Minister Boris Johnson give his approval for an RAF Chinook helicopter to be requisitioned. Once approved it was flown to Trumpton where it airlifted the iconic fire engine and crew directly to the Oxfordshire RAF base with all convenient haste.

One prominent Trumpton resident, Town Clerk Mr Troop, said: ‘It was quite a sight, I can tell you, when I looked up and saw the fire engine dangling precariously from below the helicopter. But that’s Trumpton fire service for you. Always happy to assist in any emergency.

It’s understood that once they arrive in Brazil the squad will set about quenching the fires, then it’s hoped that if they have had the foresight to pack their instruments, they will round off all the high jinx and heroics with an impromptu teatime concert for the President and his staff.