Firefighters in car wash fundraiser

DOZENS of firefighters across the Cleveland area will be getting their hands wet this Saturday (16 March) washing cars to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity.

Motorists can choose to get their cars washed at one of nine locations across the Cleveland Fire Brigade area where they will also receive a free vehicle safety check.

This includes filling up washer fluid, checking that lights and wiper blades are working properly, and giving other safety advice.

Visitors to Coulby Newham Fire Station will also be able to receive additional advice from Middlesbrough Council’s Road Safety Team including free eyesight tests. They will be supported by three commercial partners – Halford’s Autocentre, Penelope’s Auto Centre from Middlesbrough and Derek Campbell’s Exhaust and Tyre Centre in Stockton– who will be carrying out free vehicle checks throughout the day.

The participating fire stations, locations and times are as follows:

  • Middlesbrough– 10am to 3pm
  • Stockton– 10am to 5pm
  • Grangetown (at Tesco Extra) – 10am to 4pm
  • Redcar– 12noon to 4pm
  • Thornaby – 12noon to 5pm
  • Marine (at ALDI,Newport Road,Middlesbrough) – 10am to 4pm
  • Billingham (at Tesco’s) – 10am to 4pm
  • Coulby Newham – 10am to 4pm
  • Hartlepool– 10am to 4pm

Steve Johnson of Cleveland Fire Brigade said: “The recent icy conditions on the roads have served as a reminder that it is so important for motorists to properly maintain their cars. Motorists need to ensure that the rigours of the winter months have not taken their toll on their vehicles.

“Basic checks such as tyre tread and pressure, windscreen wiper blades, windscreen washer fluid, and lights could be the difference between life and death.

“While we are inviting motorists to have their cars cleaned by firefighters for a small donation to charity, it’s also a great opportunity to remind motorists of the simple checks that they should be carrying out on a regular basis to help them stay safe on the roads.

“Events like this form part of the Brigade’s preventative and educational programme and also provides an opportunity to raise much-needed funds for the Fire Fighters Charity which supports firefighters injured in the workplace and bereaved families of firefighters.”