Billingham pupil wins a cool ride to school in a fire engine

A pupil from Wolviston Primary School
will be arriving in style at the school gates next week after winning a ‘Cool ride to school’ in a fire engine.

Declan Sowerby entered a Christmas card competition held by Cleveland Fire Brigade in conjunction with TFM Radio which was part of the Brigade’s ‘Stay Safe & Celebrate’ Christmas campaign. This initiative aims to warn people of the dangers of fire in the home over the festive season.

The 10 year old’s card which warns of the dangers of candles, telling people not to leave them unattended when lit will be used as an e-card by the Brigade.

Fire crews will be picking up Declan who lives in High Grange, Billingham, from his home on Friday 16 December in a fire engine and giving him a ride to school where he will be greeted by his fellow pupils. He will then be presented with an iPod shuffle and a framed copy of the card he designed.

His school will also get the use of the Brigade’s Multi Use Games Arena (MUGA) which is a mobile sports facility where the pupils will take part in various activities such as football, volleyball and rugby.

Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection with Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “With the festive season upon us, we want to ensure everyone enjoys it safely. For this, people need to be aware of the possible dangers when it comes to fire and take precautions to prevent a tragedy.

“Declan’s design is fantastic and it’s easy to see why it received more than a thousand votes. It will certainly help spread one of our key messages – never to leave candles unattended – and possibly help prevent someone’s home going up in flames.”

Our other top tips are:

  • Keep your cooker clean – burnt food and fat can cause fires
  • Stand by your pan – never leave cooking unattended
  • Don’t drink and fry – if you have a festive drink don’t cook
  • Maintain electrical equipment and switch it off if you’re going out or if it is not being used
  • Use candles with care – never leave them unattended
  • Stub cigarettes out fully and don’t smoke in bed

For further information on safety in the home, visit our interactive house and get further advice.