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Dennis is the top.

Cleveland Fire Brigade's smallest engine has won a national award - and helped raise thousands of pounds for charity.

To date, Little Dennis, right, whose milk float-like heritage was transformed into a miniature fire engine, has generated more than pounds 20,000 for charity and played an invaluable role in educating children.

Little Dennis was the innovative idea of firefighters Mark Wrigglesworth and Colin Douglas who transformed the old electric truck which started life as a service vehicle at Hartlepool Power Station.

They did the makeover in 1999.

Since then it has been a significant fund-raiser for the Fire Service National Benevolent Fund which provides a range of services for serving and retired fire service personnel and their families through therapy and rehabilitation centres.

They won the award for "most innovative event of the year" in the Spirit of Fire Awards organised by the FSNBF.

Dave Hansford, the brigade's secretary for the FSNBF said: "The crews of the station use their own time touring with Little Dennis and deserve recognition for the work they do.

"He now has his own website at www.littledennis.co.uk to take bookings online."
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Title Annotation:News Local
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Dec 12, 2005
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