Firefighters third in charity recycling

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VOLUNTEER firefighters from a small station have come third in a national clothes recycling competition in aid of retired colleagues.

Oundle Fire Station staff will receive a seasonal hamper after collecting 950kg of clothing and textiles in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity, which supports serving and retired fire service personnel and their families.

Chief fire officer Martyn Emberson said: “Over the past year, the scheme has raised over £200,000 for the charity, which has enabled hundreds of firefighters take part in residential rehabilitation programmes. This in turn helps injured firefighters return back to work much more quickly; fighting and preventing fires, and saving people from serious road traffic collisions.”

West Yorkshire’s Idle Fire Station won with 1.2 tonnes and Bedford came second with one tonne.

Corby and Earls Barton was also in the top 12 of the competition.

Wearable items are sent to developing countries.

Other items are recycled into other day-to-day products, such as car insulation and industry rags.

The contest raised £23,000.