LITTLE Niamh Proud has launched her own Hold Fire campaign.
We launched our bid to persuade fire authority bosses to scrap plans to close Sunderland Central Fire Station this week.
Authority chiefs want to close the Railway Row station as part of a drive to cut millions of pounds from front-line budgets – despite it being the busiest station in the city.
Eleven-year-old Niamh was so angry when she heard about the proposals that she started up her own petition, calling for the plans to be overturned, and sent it to the Echo to pass on for her.
She collected more than 25 signatures from neighbours near her home in Normanby Court, Roker, and her classmates at Dame Dorothy Primary School.
“I did it one night and then went round the next day,” she said.
Niamh was inspired after firefighters from the station paid a visit to the school.
“When the firemen came to the school, they showed us how really dangerous fire is,” she said.
“If they shut the fire station in Sunderland, what happens if someone has a fire, they can’t get out and they are waiting for the firemen to come and save them?”
Mum Janice is delighted with her community-spirited daughter.
“I am very, very proud,” she said. “I thought it was brilliant
“She doesn’t normally like the news, but this was a local story as there was a real connection.
“She has just collected signatures round the street, but even so, it was a really good thing to do.”
And Niamh has one message for members of the fire authority.
“Don’t close it – what if you had a fire? How would you feel if you were tapped in a burning building and nobody could come and save you?
“You would not like it.”