More used to putting out fires, the crew at Swanage Fire Station are to turn their skills to hosing down cars in order to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity.
Their first fundraising event since the end of Covid restrictions is to take place between 10 am and 2 pm on Saturday 22nd July 2023 at the fire station on King’s Road West in Swanage, Dorset.
A training exercise at Swanage Fire Station
Hosed down, cleaned and dried
Anyone is welcome to bring a vehicle to the station where it will be hosed down, cleaned and dried in return for a donation to charity.
In order to offer the opportunity to as many people as possible over the four hour period, the crew are offering to clean the outside of vehicles only.
The danger to firefighters is very real, when tackling a blaze like this wildfire in Studland in July 2023
“A very worthwhile charity”
Newly appointed station commander at Swanage Fire Station, Nick Corben said:
“It’s great to be able to hold the car wash event at the fire station and raise money for a really good cause – The Fire Fighters Charity. It helps not only firefighters but also their families in times of hardship and difficulty.
“There’s also residential care for those in need of support with recovery from injury or illness, as well as offering general information and advice – it’s a very worthwhile charity.
“Not only do we hope that many will give generously to the charity but it will also be a good chance to welcome people to the fire station again, so do come and visit us!”
Swanage Fire Station relieved crews from Springbourne and Christchurch following a fire in a former care home in Bournemouth
Derelict building fire in Bournemouth
Swanage Fire Station, often very busy over the summer, was called out again over the weekend. In the middle of the night at 2 am on Sunday 16th July 2023 the crew went to help support other firefighters with a large fire at a derelict building in Bournemouth.
The fire at the former care home started at around 10 pm on Saturday 15th July 2023 and initially crews from Springbourne and Christchurch attended to put the fire out.
Swanage was called in as a relief crew and assisted with cutting away the roof and damping down the building, eventually returning home just after 10 am the following day.
The building in Bournemouth was empty but considerable damage was done to the former care home