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Caithness News Bulletins April 2003
Scottish Water Stops Firemen's
Charity Fundraising Car Washes
Highlighted in the John O'Groat Journal today is the fact that the Wick firemen who have raised a lot of money washing cars on Saturdays about twice a year have now been forced by Scottish Water to call it a day. This is despite the fact that the firemen regularly use the hydrants when accessing water to put our fires and know what they are doing.
Risk Assessment and more paper work seem to be at the root of it but although Scottish Water have denied an embargo on charity events using hydrants it seems they are going to have to accept some blame for the cessation of the events. Can they not give permission to groups who already regularly use hydrants without the need for a huge exercise in paperwork. A little trust as in the past would seem to be needed here!!!!