Surrey Fire and Rescue

Surrey Fire and Rescue take on Surrey Police at Meadowbank

The services went head-to-head to raise awareness of road safety, blowing the whistle on drink driving.

Earlier this month we welcomed Surrey Fire and Rescue Service and Surrey Police to Meadowbank with the aim to promote road safety this winter.  

Both groups have been working with Surrey FA to utilise the power of community football to send a clearer message to those who may be tempted to drink and drive, particularly when watching the upcoming World Cup in the build-up to the festive period. The first time the competition has taken place at this time of year.  

The event saw members of Surrey Fire and Rescue Service presenting top tips on how to stay safe on the roads this winter, before their football team faced off against Surrey Police, a friendly longstanding rivalry between the two made for an entertaining game for spectators.  

Those in attendance included Mole Valley MP, Sir Paul Beresford and Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Ellie Vesey-Thompson, guests heard a speech from Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Jon Simpson, who took the opportunity to underline the importance of road safety with both services encouraging drivers not to drive under the influence or take risks in adverse weather conditions.  

Both sides were very familiar with playing at Meadowbank through their ongoing relationship with Surrey FA, and the atmosphere was terrific as the game got underway, with Surrey Police going on to win the match 1-0. 

The video covering the event was filmed by Surrey FA partners, Capital Content, where representatives of both sides share their experiences in responding to road traffic collisions, and the impact this has on their lives. This is available to watch below:  

The Surrey Fire and Rescue Service have also shared their top tips for road safety, for all drivers which you can read here.