Wednesday, December 11, 2019
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A project by children from Portree Primary School has helped raise over £4000 to provide vital fire and rescue services to communities in Eastern Europe.

The 999 Project was set up by children at the school to help communities in Moldova and potentially save lives.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) was approached by the school to support a special 999 Day to help raise money for the project and that took place earlier this year at the school.

A number of other fundraising events have taken place since and the money raised will now go towards the purchase of two fire appliances which will be purchased by the Blythswood charity and sent across to Eastern Europe.

Among the events which took place this year were a bake sale, SFRS charity car wash and other events and classes within the school. Police Scotland, RNLI, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Scottish Ambulance Service and Skye Mountain Rescue Team all teamed up with Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to hold a special 999 fundraising day at the end of last term.

A special PPS 999 t-shirt was also created and was also on sale to raise money for the charity. The Lucky2BHere defibrillator charity donated £500 to the cause and the school also put on a disco to extra raise money.

Often people in Moldova have to watch their homes burn down and many are not saved in road traffic accidents because of their lack of modern fire engines and adequately trained crews in their communities.

By helping support this project the youngsters and the local community will help save lives by enabling the purchase of two fire engines, modern equipment and training for crews.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Watch Manager at Portree Fire Station, Ian Nicolson, said: "This was a fantastic effort by everyone involved and the 999 Day also allowed the emergency services engage positively with the community.

“We were delighted to have been able to support Portree Primary School in their efforts to raise money for a very worthwhile cause. Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is committed to keeping people safe and the aims of this project mirror that.”

He added: “Fire and rescue services play an essential role in public safety and prevention. Everyone, no matter where they live, deserves access to a fire and rescue response.”

Head Teacher at Portree Primary School, John Finlayson, said: “The pupils of P7 who ran the PPS999 project did a fantastic job working with the local emergency services and the community and the fantastic amount of money raised will make a difference to communities in Eastern Europe.

“As well as developing skills for learning, life and work the pupils also got a taste of what it would be like to work as a firefighter and this was a valuable experience.

“The fact that the project also won the Blythswood Enterprise Award and was also recognised by the Social Enterprise Academy was a bonus. Thanks are extended to all the staff, pupils, parents and community members who supported the project.”

The cost of refurbishing a fire engine is £2,000.00 and it is hoped that the PPS logo will feature on the side of one of the fire engines refurbished, in the near future.

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