Firefighters take part in River Rinse

Fri 4 Oct, 2013

Firefighters and other volunteers are pictured in action in September. They will be continuing the good work on Sunday.

Firefighters will be working with Buckingham Town Council and other civic-minded helpers on Sunday (6 October) at the second of this year's two River Rinse events.

Members of Blue Watch from Buckingham Fire Station took part in the first half of the Great Ouse clear-up, on Sunday 15 September, and helped collect six trailer-loads of refuse. On Sunday it will be the Red Watch's turn.

Last month's haul included more than 20 tyres, five bicycles, a gas heater, a 50-gallon drum, a shopping trolley and numerous cones.

Crew Manager Kieron Thomas said: "The event gives crews the opportunity to don their wide-area flooding gear, assist in a worthy cause and interact with the public and town officials.

"Removing items which could block the river reduces the risk of flooding within the low areas of Buckingham town and surrounding villages in the event of long periods of heavy rainfall."

The River Rinse also improves the habitat for wildlife living in and around the river.

Volunteers will be meeting at Stratford Fields car park in Stratford Road at 10.15am before starting work on clearing rubbish from the river.