#firefighters @HumbersideFire Launch @ProstateUK Blue Fire Engine to Raise Awareness

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) and Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) pledged their support to Men United as part of a Hull 2020 project to help raise awareness of prostate cancer in the area, when it unveiled its newest appliance – a blue Prostate Cancer UK branded fire engine. Funded by the Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the engine ‘wrap’ will raise awareness of Prostate Cancer UK and support its Men United campaign. By unveiling the blue engine and signing to Men United, HFRS and Hull CCG are hoping to encourage their employees and local residents to get behind the cause and do something to help beat the disease.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and on average 160 men are diagnosed every year in Hull. Only last year, George Bennett, a firefighter in Grimsby overcame prostate cancer and is now back on Green Watch at Peaks Lane Fire Station, so the disease is very real and ‘close to home’ for the organisation and its staff.

Chief Fire Officer Dene Sanders said:

“We are a dedicated and active partner in Hull 2020 and all of our staff have really bought into what the CCG are trying to achieve in Hull. We are all about protecting our communities and looking after the most vulnerable, so this initiative to raise awareness of prostate cancer amongst our staff and the wider public is a perfect fit.”

Emma Latimer, Chief Officer of NHS Hull CCG noted:

“The Hull 2020 programme, and Health and Wellbeing Strategy for the city, both have a very clear focus on early detection and ill health prevention. This is greatly supported by Hull 2020 partner, Humberside Fire and Rescue, which has created an original and eye-catching awareness campaign with Prostate Cancer UK, to go out directly onto the streets of Hull. We want this campaign to encourage more men to get symptoms for prostate cancer checked out and treated early – it will mean that their chances of recovery could be much greater.

 A total of 160 men a year are diagnosed with prostate cancer in Hull and 40 die.

Chris Blacksell, Deputy Chief Fire Officer at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said:

The fire engine is fully operational and will attend fires as normal but it will also be used to cover events to raise awareness. Originally we were just going to have it for a year ( we’ve had it nearly a year now I think), but we’re going to leave it on for another year.

Vivienne Francis, Director of Communications at Prostate Cancer UK, said:

By signing up for Men United they will be encouraging others to do the same. By creating this movement Prostate Cancer UK will be able to call upon more men to push forward real change and have a greater impact on men’s health

Regular donations by Direct Debit can help Prostate Cancer UK to cut administration costs and enable them to plan for the long term.

Red Watch With prostatecanceruk.org Blue Fire Engine

                       

Red Watch with Prostate Cancer UK Blue Fire Truck

 

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