Firefighters give hovercraft a hose-down

Southsea firefighters washing the hovercraft
Southsea firefighters washing the hovercraft

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Firefighters made a splash for charity as they scrubbed two hovercrafts raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity.

The event saw crews from Southsea fire station work alongside staff from Hovertravel to clean the hovercrafts which were then ready to embark on their rush hour journeys to and from the Isle of Wight.

Station manager Mark Larrimore said: ‘It’s been a great opportunity to work with a local business and together, reach members of our local community with water and boat safety messages, while also raising money for charity.’

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Community Contact Point was also on Clarence Esplanade promoting water and boat safety messages, and handing out stickers to children. Hovertravel managing director Neil Chapman said: ‘We wanted to demonstrate our support for the essential work of our local firefighters in a fun way. Washing our craft at Southsea with firefighters and fire engines creates a fantastic opportunity to help raise awareness of key safety messages such as sea and boat safety.’