Giving his reindeers some rest before they get ready for Christmas Eve, Santa has been seen arriving by fire engine in places such as Lossiemouth, Rothes, Fochabers and Hopeman in Moray, and on the back of a trailer in Forres.
He’s had lots of support, not only from our firefighters but from all our staff working across the country.
- In Ayrshire, Kilwinning Community Fire Station’s ‘drive-through’ Santa visit proved popular and the garden at Kilmarnock station hosted the Ayrshire Rock Choir, who entertained around 4,000 visitors who came to meet Santa. Events were also held in Largs and New Cumnock Fire Stations.
- In Perthshire, at Blairgowrie Fire Station’s drive through Santa visit – not having a car was not a barrier. Families hopped onto the specially decorated Tuk Tuk and were driven through to meet Santa.
Our firefighters and staff have also been spreading Christmas cheer all around the country by delivering food donations, children’s toys and gifts, as well as important safety messaging to all our communities.
- In Aberdeenshire and Highland, fire stations opened their doors and invited local communities in to have a cuppa with the crews – an opportunity to chat and socialise in a warm and friendly space – and also to receive important safety advice. More of these events are to be announced. Also in Highland, Aultbea Fire Station visited local primary schools and delivered hampers to residents of a local care home.
- In Argyll and Bute, lots of children enjoyed a party at Oban Community Fire Station.
- In East Lothian, crews popped into the local library to visit the Longniddry Knit and Natter Group. Meanwhile over in West Lothian, food parcels were also collected and delivered.
- In Edinburgh our Community Action Teams helped to deliver Christmas trees for the Marie Curie charity.
- In Glasgow, Pollock Community Fire Station delivered donations to Good Food Scotland and held a party for the local community and Easterhouse Community Fire Station delivered donations to Fare Scotland.
- Across Perth and Kinross, food parcels were delivered to vulnerable people by local crews and Blairgowrie Fire Station also held a cuppa with the crew events.
Money has also been raised for various good causes, including local community groups as well as for The Fire Fighters Charity and Family Support Trust.
To bring all of this together we have worked in partnership with many local businesses and had the support of many others – and we thank them all for their help, and this is just a little snapshot of some of the work that has been going on.
We wish all our communities a very happy and safe Christmas.
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