Thursday 29 September 2016

Firefighters use Mary Poppins-inspired routine to spread chimney safety message

Published 12/11/2015 | 13:31

Firefighters recreate a scene from Mary Poppins to encourage residents to get their chimneys swept (Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service/PA)
Firefighters recreate a scene from Mary Poppins to encourage residents to get their chimneys swept (Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service/PA)
A scene from the Disney film Mary Poppins

A team of dancing firefighters have recreated a scene from Mary Poppins to encourage residents to get their chimneys swept.

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Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service's Black Watch are seen dancing with brushes on a rooftop in homage to the famous Dick Van Dyke scene from the 1964 film.

Six firefighters from Cambridge are seen performing an acrobatic routine to the song Step In Time before delivering the message "Don't make a song and dance about it: get your chimney swept" in a cockney accent.

The supercalifragilisticexpialidocious video was released earlier this week and has already had hundreds of views on YouTube.

A spokeswoman for the fire service explained the team wanted to engage residents in a fun way that got across a more serious message to hopefully help prevent chimney fires.

She added: "The watch came up with the idea and then teamed up with Cambridge's BodyWork Company Dance Studios to choreograph the routine before filming and editing it themselves.

"The video aims to convey the message that chimneys should be swept regularly - more often if wood is burned - and brickwork inspected at least once a year.

"It also encourages residents not to overload grates, ensure embers have burned down before going to bed and to, most importantly, install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms."

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