Shropshire firefighters in charity car wash

Watch Manager Cameron Taylor from Red Watch, Shrewsbury Fire Station

Shropshire firefighters promise a fast response as always – when they clean cars on behalf of the national Fire Fighters Charity on Saturday (March 20).

Fire crews will be out in force in Shrewsbury, Whitchurch, Newport and Telford for the National Car Wash Day to raise money for injured firefighters.

Motorists will be able to pick up fire safety tips while they wait including information on how to book a free home fire safety check in which fire crews make home visits to advise on fire prevention.

Shrewsbury Watch Manager Cameron Taylor said: "This is the first time we at Red Watch have done this although many of our colleagues at fire stations across the county regularly join in with the annual charity car wash."

Motorists have also been promised that their cars will not be abandoned covered in suds if a 999 call is received and firefighters have to leave quickly.

"We will have enough staff on duty to ensure fire cover is maintained and that there are enough people to wash cars."

Motorists can get their car washed on the drill yard at Shrewsbury fire station in St Michaels Street from 10am to 2pm and at Whitchurch fire station from 10am to 1pm. Wellington crews are using the Red Lion pub car park on the A5 in Wellington.

The National Car Wash is the charity's largest fundraising event of the year and involves fire stations throughout the UK washing the nation's cars, in exchange for a donation.

Cameron Taylor from Red Watch, Shrewsbury Fire Station.

Free home safety checks are available from your local fire crews by calling 01743 260298. They also fit free ten year smoke alarms.

As part of their Home Fire Risk Assessment, firefighters will test all smoke alarms in the home and for those householders who do not have working smoke alarms, will fit one smoke alarm, per level, free of charge. The home risk assessment is completely free of charge and is done in the comfort of the householder's home.

To book your free home fire safety check, please leave your details on the fire service's dedicated line 01743 260 298 or for further advice and assistance contact Community Fire Safety on 01743 260 260.

16th March, 2010