Streets Ahead is supporting the National Emergency Services Museum in Sheffield by servicing some of its vintage vehicles free of charge.
The work is part of Amey’s commitment to give each of its over 19,000 UK employees a paid day off to do community work for charities close to their hearts, with the stipulation that it must be in the local community and support an environmental, educational or employment aim.
The National Emergency Services Museum is the world’s largest combined 999 museum, providing an insight into all our emergency services through hands on learning with history.
The museum first opened in Sheffield back in 1931 and late in the 1980’s relocated to the combined Victorian Police, Fire and Ambulance station at West Bar in the city centre.
Nowadays, the museum has over 50 vehicles on public display with a collection totaling nearly 200 vehicles, from manual and horse power to steam and motorised vehicles.
Matthew Wakefield, CEO of the National Emergency Services Museum says:
“Without the support of organisations like Amey, it would be a near impossible challenge to keep these historic vehicles on the road for the public to enjoy. We operate as a fully self-funded charity and rely heavily on income from visitors to keep us going so we’re always grateful for the extra help.”
Two of the vehicles that the museum has are used to visit local schools and events promoting fire safety. The Dennis RS Water Ladder, more commonly known as the classic fire engine, is one of the chosen vehicles which is taken on the road regularly, enabling local school children to explore the iconic vehicle for themselves.
Stuart Latham, Workshop Manager at Amey said:
“We’re really happy to support the museum in this way. We have a workshop at Olive Grove and partners who can source parts for older vehicles, all of which puts us in a unique position to undertake full-service inspections, to ensure vehicles perform safely and reliably for many years to come.
“We provide the labour and expertise free of charge and our partners such as Fleet Factors, Roberts Motor Bodies, Millers Oils, Scania Sheffield and Le Pla Hydraulics have kindly donated their time and supplied parts to support this important project”.
The Streets Ahead programme is enabling the upgrade and the on-going maintenance of the city’s highway network and surrounding street-scene.