A COMPANY providing helicopter flights over Huddersfield played a part in fighting the oil depot fire in Hertfordshire.
Pennine Helicopters, based at Saddleworth, was kept busy ferrying specialist firefighters and equipment between Humberside and the Buncefield fire site.
Captain Chris Ruddy, who was the pilot for the operation, got a bird's eye view of the disaster - and was praised by the fire service for the company's speedy response to the crisis.
The fire personnel were transferred from the Lindsey oil refinery on the Humber to Hertfordshire because of their expert knowledge.
The Buncefield site is co-owned by global oil giants Total and Texaco.
The Buncefield and Lindsey sites always work closely together as petrol and other products are pumped to Hertfordshire by an underground pipeline from Humberside.
Pennine Helicopters provides pleasure flights in the Huddersfield and Holmfirth areas and has also worked with the National Trust at Marsden Moor on missions to help fight grass fires and put up fencing.