Fire station among best in country for recycling in aid of charity

Bedford Firefighters Keiron Robbins (centre) and Eddie Mattin (right) receiving the  hamper from Kevin Biles (left), Sales Manager for The Fire Fighters Charity.
Bedford Firefighters Keiron Robbins (centre) and Eddie Mattin (right) receiving the hamper from Kevin Biles (left), Sales Manager for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Bedford Fire Station has been named as one of the best in the country for recycling.

The station came 3rd in a national recycling competition in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity, and at a presentation, firefighters at Bedford were presented with a large hamper

Bedford collected 1.3 tonnes of recycled clothing and textiles in January to see off competition from 580 fire stations across the UK, to finish in the top three.

Bedford has a fantastic reputation for success in the competition, having finished top in last year’s competition, and 2nd in the two preceding years.

In the last four years, the clothing deposited in the yellow recycling skips at fire stations in Bedfordshire has helped to raise over £45,000 for the charity.

BFRS Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller said: “Once again, this has been a fantastic effort by all concerned.

“It is a remarkable achievement for such a small Fire and Rescue Service as ours to claim top places against over 500 other fire stations. It is a testimony to the commitment of our staff and the generosity of the local public – whom we sincerely thank. But most importantly, this all helps to provide vital funds for The Fire Fighters Charity which does such excellent work to support injured and ill firefighters and their families.”

1st place was awarded to Egremont Fire Station, Cumbria, who collected a staggering 2.1 tonnes; 2nd place went to Chatteris Fire Station, Cambridgeshire, with 1.4 tonnes and 4th placed was Oundle Fire Station in Northamptonshire with just 10 kg less than Bedford!

The Bedford hamper has been raffled within BFRS to raise further funds for The Fire Fighters Charity.