Firefighters raise over £5,500 for charity

DETERMINED firefighters in Cleveland have raised over £5,500 for charity whilst improving safety on the roads for hundreds of motorists.

Nine fire stations across the Cleveland Fire Brigade area recently opened their doors to motorists to have their cars cleaned aswell as undergoing basic safety checks.

Motorists were asked to make a small donation for having their car washed and received the free vehicle check with all proceeds going to the Fire Fighters Charity. Checks on vehicles included windscreen washer levels, lights and indicators, wiper blades, fluid levels and tyre pressures.

Barclays Bank generously agreed to match fund our District efforts and with their match funding the total raised for the Fire Fighters Charity was £5,534.

In total 308 cars were washed and 176 had safety checks of which 70 defects were identified. The large majority of defects related to empty windscreen washer bottles but bald tyres, defective wiper blades and incorrect tyre pressures were also detected.

Steve Johnson of Cleveland Fire Brigade said: “The coordinated event was certainly a success. Not only did we raise a significant amount of money for a very worthy cause but we also raised the profile of the importance of vehicle safety with drivers. We identified a number of defects on vehicles, advised motorists on road safety tips and generated Home Fire Safety Visits.

“The majority of the defects were corrected instantly and in the remaining cases motorists were expertly advised as to how to make their vehicles safe by our partners.

 “We emphasised to motorists how important it is to carry out basic checks on their vehicles such as tyre tread and pressure, wiper blades, windscreen washer fluid, and lights and how this could be the difference between life and death.  The event was kindly supported by Halford’s Autocentre, Derek Campbell’s Exhaust and Tyre Centre in Stockton and Middlesbrough Council’s Road Safety team and our thanks go out to them for assisting in this fantastic success.

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

If you would like any Road Safety advice or a Home Fire Safety Visit where we will fit smoke alarms if needed, call 01429 874063.