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

Taylor Guttridge's winning entry

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

Taylor Guttridge 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 five year old’s card which warns not to overload sockets will be used as an e-card by the Brigade.

Fire crews will be picking up Taylor who lives in Gower Walk, Hartlepool, from her home on Monday 17 December in a fire engine and giving her a ride to school where she will be greeted by her fellow pupils. She will then be presented with a framed copy of the card she designed and a goody bag.

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.

“Taylor’s design is fantastic and it’s easy to see why it received 39% of the votes. It will certainly help spread one of our key messages 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
  • Be a bright spark – turn off electrical equipment when going out or going to bed, including festive lights
  • Don’t drink and fry – if you have a festive drink don’t cook
  • Chuck out your chip pan – it could save your life
  • Don’t hang clothes near heaters or cookers – they can easily catch fire

For further information on safety in the home, www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/celebrate – where you can click on to an interactive house and get further advice.