BARRHEAD firefighters scrubbed up well as they staged a sponsored car wash.

The event at Barrhead Community Fire Station on Saturday was far from a washout, with £230 raised for The Fire Fighters Charity, which helps retired crew members and those injured in the line of duty.

The charity’s mascot Blaze Bear caught the eye of many passing drivers and the local Domino’s restaurant kindly donated pizzas to the six-strong team armed with sponges and buckets.

Among those who offered their support was retired sub-officer Archie Boyd, who served in the fire brigade from 1940 to 1981.

Gary Honer, watch commander at Barrhead Community Fire Station, said: “Considering the weather, it was a good turn out and we had around forty vehicles there.

“Everyone had a good time and people brought their kids down to have a look at the fire station.”

Fiona McMillan, of The Fire Fighters Charity, said every penny raised will be put to good use.

She added: “Firefighters put their lives on the line to save people like you and your family every minute, every hour.

“No matter how dangerous the situation, brave firefighters will take action. They are everyday heroes.

“We are all safe in the knowledge they are there for us whenever we need them – and it is important for them to know they are also valued, by both the public and the corporate world.”