Guernsey Press

Firefighters to clean up for own charity

FIREFIGHTERS will be out fighting dust, grime and moss tomorrow, as they aim to wash dozens of vehicle for charity.

Firefighters Tristan Queripel, left, and Alex Clark get in some practice on of their vehicles before tomorrow’s charity car wash. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 31962793)

Guernsey Fire & Rescue Service staff are aiming to wash least 80 cars at its charity car wash at Salerie Corner Car Park.

It holds a car wash every year as part of a national fundraising initiative by all UK fire services to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Drivers are invited to come between 10am and 4pm to get their cars cleaned and donate. The service’s washing team is expected to get through almost two full tankers’ of water over the course of the day.

Fire safety manager Gary Van der Linden said that a target of 80 washed cars had been set, because 2023 was the 80th anniversary of the founding of the charity.

‘The charity helps and supports all current and former firefighters, as well as those who have retired,’ he said.

Mr Van der Linden added that in recent years the charity had put greater emphasis on supporting firefighters’ mental health, and that the car washes were a good way to get the word out about its work.

‘We are doing the car wash at Salerie because our station doesn’t really lend itself to that sort of thing.

'Luckily we have the police’s blessing – one of their cars might even get washed,’ he said.