Stoke & Staffordshire

Staffordshire firefighters to perform YouTube hit

Staffordshire firefighters are turning their station into a disco to perform a cover of the Sugababes' hit Push the Button to promote fire alarm testing.

The pop song's lyrics have been adapted to encourage people to regularly test whether their alarms work.

To date the video has had more than 30,000 YouTube views from people watching their cover version online.

Their performance on Thursday coincides with the release of a new smart phone fire tester application.

The 59p application reminds users to test their alarms once per week and will be available for iPhone and Android markets with all proceeds going to The Fire Fighters Charity that supports ill and injured firefighters.

'Likely to die'

Peter Dartford, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service's chief fire officer, said: "We're continually trying new and innovative ways to get the message out there, about the importance of having smoke alarms and checking them on a regular basis, but a lot of people still aren't listening.

"Hopefully they will now after hearing this song and watching the video - you just can't help but listen to the words and laugh at the video."

Dancers have been drafted in to help the men and women with Thursday's live performance.

The fire service said nine out of 10 households in England had a smoke alarm, but seven out of 10 households did not test them.

A fire spokesman added: "You are also twice as likely to die in a house fire if you do not have a working smoke alarm."

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