FIREFIGHTERS have joined forces with The Everly Pregnant Brothers in a musical match-up aimed at taking the Christmas No 1 spot.
Firefighters and 999 operators teamed up with the South Yorkshire group to release one of their best-known songs “Chip Pan”.
Fire officers hope the tongue-in-cheek reworking of a popular chart hit will raise public awareness of one of their biggest house fire headaches — chip pan blazes caused by a night on the tiles drinking.
But they also want the track to remind people of the tens of thousands of firefighters who will be on duty this Christmas, whilst the rest of us our tucking into our turkeys, and raise money for Shelter and Age UK.
Assistant chief fire officer Martin Blunden, said: “This record is clearly a bit of festive fun, but with chip pans still responsible for large numbers of house fires every year, we think there's a safety message in there somewhere.
“We also want to remind people that tens of thousands of firefighters and 999 operators, not to mention many more of their colleagues in the emergency services, will be on duty this Christmas keeping people safe.
“It’s all for a good cause, with every penny the band makes going to support older and homeless people, which is very much part of the fire service's ethos of helping the most vulnerable people in our communities.”
Band member Pete McKee, said: “We always thought it would be great to get the fire service involved with Chip Pan.
“It’s our public information advertisement for the late night reveller with a yearning for some end of night snap!”
Fellow band member Shaun Doane, said: “Like most things with the Everly Pregnant Brothers, this started as something small, a tweet in fact, and it's grown and mutated into something pretty cool.
“Hopefully we can help raise a few quid for two great causes.”
The 'Chip Pan' track is available to pre-order on iTunes, Google Play Music, Amazon, Spotify and Deezer. But to give the song the best chance of reaching number one when the official Christmas chart is released, the public are asked to only download the song after December 16.