VEHICLES of all shape and sizes received a good clean
last Sunday when firefighters and volunteers at Heywood Fire
Station held their annual car wash event in aid of The Fire
Members of the public turned up in their scores as hoses,
buckets of water and sponges were put to good use cleaning dirty
cars and - in one instance an Old English Sheepdog!
Watch Manager Barry Malone (pictured above with Betsy the sheepdog)
said: "The weather was very good to us and, despite the difficult
economic climate, so was the local community, helping us raise more
than Â£1,100 for The Fire Fighters Charity, who do a tremendous
amount of work to enhance the quality of life for serving and
retired fire service personnel and their families.
"The event, where for a donation, people can get their vehicles
cleaned by fire crews and volunteers using hoses and sponges
attracted a whole variety of vehicles, including an ice cream van
and a lorry. We even got a contribution for washing the face of
Betsy, an Old English Sheep Dog!"
But the day wasn't simply about raising funds - the crews and
volunteers also managed to organise 18 Home Fire Safety Checks for
members of the public, where firefighters visit homes to identify
fire risks, highlight escape routes and may include the fitting of
Barry added: "We even made good contact with the owner of a
horse and cart, who is a local farmer, and he will be letting us do
some future large animal rescue training on his farm.
"The event was also assisted by volunteers from our Community
Action Team, family and friends of firefighters, and students
studying emergency public services at Hopwood Hall College. I would
like to say a big public thank you to them all."
The annual car wash is part of The Fire Fighters Charity
National Car Wash event.
For more details on the work of The Fire Fighters Charity visit
For a free Home Fire Safety Check, which may include the fitting
of smoke alarms, please contact GMFRS on 0800 555 815 or visit