Swanage fire crews to make a splash with charity car wash

Crew members at Swanage Fire Station are to turn their hoses on cars instead of fires for one day only – to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity.

A car wash event – which will also welcome any other kind of vehicle! – will be held at Swanage fire station in Kings Road West on Saturday 13th April from 10 am until 2 pm.


Swanage firefighters hope to beat the number of vehicles cleaned at the 2023 charity wash

Pay with either cash or card

After seemingly months of wet weather and muddy roads, it is hoped that a record number of people will bring their vehicles along to be hosed down by the fire crews.

People can donate whatever amount they feel like on the day and will be able to pay either with cash or using the fire station’s card reader machine.

Nick Corben at Swanage Fire station training

Nick Corben, station commander at Swanage Fire Station, is hoping to welcome in as many drivers as possible

“A very worthwhile cause”

Station commander at Swanage Fire Station, Nick Corben, said:

“The car wash is in aid of The Firefighters Charity, a great organisation that helps serving and retired firefighters and their families.

“They offer support with recovery from injury or illness as well as helping with people’s wellbeing and mental health.

“It’s a very worthwhile cause and has actually helped current and retired firefighters on our station so we like to be able to support in any way we can.”


Car washes are being held at fire stations across the UK to raise money for charity

“We are always there to help”

A spokesperson for the Fire Fighters Charity said:

“We’re the UK fire family’s charity, and exist to help them all to live healthier and happier lives, by providing a broad range of health and wellbeing services, online and in person.

“But when something goes wrong and a need arises, we are always there too, helping individuals and their families through life’s tough times.

“We know that everybody is different, that no two injuries are the same and that no two people may be affected in the same way by incidents they experience.

“Whether someone is injured, recovering from an illness, or feeling stressed or anxious, our approach is always the same; understand, personalise, deliver.”


Swanage firefighters became amongst the first to receive Level Two training in dealing with wildfires


Station watch managers attended a partnership meeting with the National Trust at Studland to discuss wildfire firefighting tactics

Training in new wildfire techniques

Recently, Swanage Fire Station became one of the first in Dorset and Wiltshire to receive Level Two training in wildfires, with members taught some new techniques in dealing with wildfires and how to put them into practice in controlled live fire training conditions.

And in March, station watch managers attended a partnership meeting with the National Trust at Studland, which involved checking access routes and talking about wildfire firefighting tactics.

A spokesperson for Swanage Fire Station said:

“Hopefully these new skills will help us when dealing with wildfires that are starting to become more common.”

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