18 March 2013

Fire fighters at Oundle Fire Station have won a national recycling competition in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity.

With the support of colleagues from across Northamptonshire County Council’s fire and rescue service, Oundle fire fighters encouraged their friends, family, neighbours and the local community to make a donation of their unwanted clothing in the fire station’s textile bank.

The Oundle crews collected a total of 1.46 tonnes of recycled clothing and textiles in January, seeing off competition from over 450 fire stations across the UK.

Chief Fire Officer Martyn Emberson of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Recycling is the one thing we can all do for the environment. It's easy, it's simple, and it saves natural resources as well as energy. Recycling your unwanted clothing at The Fire Fighters Charity’s textile banks is a great way to support injured fire fighters and I’m proud of Oundle fire fighters for the fantastic efforts they have put in this year to become the number one station in the country.”

County council cabinet member for fire, public protection, infrastructure, transport & highways Councillor Andre Gonzalez de Savage said: “Congratulations to everyone who supported this fundraising effort. Last year, Oundle fire crews came third in the competition, so this made them more determined that ever to collect more clothing and achieve first place this year. The Fire Fighter’s Charity is a very worthy cause and the recycling scheme is a great way of raising money. “

Chief Executive John Parry of The Fire Fighters Charity explained: “There was a fun but competitive edge to our national recycling scheme and we were amazed by the efforts of the 450 fire stations that took part. In total we collected over 98 tonnes of clothing during January 2013, compared to just 80 tonnes in the same month last year.”