Staff at the Civic Centre in Littlehampton and at Bognor Regis Town Hall, wore casual dress for the day at the end of April and paid for the privilege to raise funds for the Fire Fighters Charity.
The Fire Fighters Charity is a service that provides life enhancing health and wellbeing support to the whole fire community. There are three rehabilitation centres in the UK and one of them is in Littlehampton.
A total of £268 was donated by staff and during their lunch break, officers had the chance to visit the fire station next to the civic centre in Littlehampton to hand over the money and to see some of the valuable work the fire crew do.
Staff were shown a demonstration of how quickly a chip pan fire can escalate and how to extinguish a fire like this safely. This was followed by Arun District Council Chief Executive, Nigel Lynn, volunteering to be trapped in a car and then cut out – safely! This demonstrated the skill and equipment needed to help people in a road traffic accident.
Nigel Lynn said “The work that the Fire Service does is so valuable that any help we can offer is a privilege. It is not only the front line firefighting that we need to be grateful for, but the search and rescue, safety advice and information and huge amount of work in the community they do. The rehabilitation centre in Littlehampton is one of three in the UK and offers physical, mental and emotional support to firefighters and their families and also respite and convalescence opportunities too.”