West Sussex County Council

02/23/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/23/2017 05:02

Firefighters prepare to give your motor the full emergency treatment

Firefighters across West Sussex are set to show off their sponge-squeezing skills at upcoming charity car wash events.

Crews from Horsham, Billingshurst and Bognor will be adding an extra sparkle to the cars of local residents in exchange for a donation. All proceeds from the events will go to The Fire Fighters Charity.

To get your car cleaned head down to:

• Horsham Fire Station: Saturday 4th March, 10:00-14:00.
• Billingshurst Fire Station: Saturday 18th March, 10:00-14:00.
• Bognor Fire Station: Saturday 1st April, 10:00-15:00.

If your motor needs some TLC then bring it down to one of the stations, relax with a cup of tea while firefighters get it looking as good as new!

Horsham firefighters will also be taking the opportunity to give the community an insight on how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), now that one of these devices is located outside Horsham fire station.

An AED is a device that is able to detect whether a person, who has had a heart attack or is suffering from life-threatening abnormal heart rhythms, requires a lifesaving shock from a defibrillator, the device then guides the user through simple steps to administer a shock if it is required. More of these devices are getting installed around the county.

Richard Davy, Station Manager at Horsham, said 'Charity car wash events are always an amazing opportunity to meet with the local community in an informal environment, have a chat and give advice on how to stay safe whether this be in the home or on the road.

'Whilst cars are getting cleaned we will be offering the opportunity to familiarise people with AED devices. Public Access Defibrillators (PAD) are being installed across the county and by making people aware of how to use these devices, it could save a life.

'We hope to see many people there on the day and hope to raise a lot of money to support a charity very close to our hearts.'

The Fire Fighters Charity supports over 5,000 beneficiaries a year and provides treatment, physical or psychological, to firefighters who witness the devastating effects that serious incidents can have. However, the charity solely relies on donations from the general public as they do not receive government funding.

To find out more information about The Fire Fighters Charity, visit: https://www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/