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Welephant is a red elephant cartoon character with a fireman's helmet, originally used as a mascot by fire brigades in the United Kingdom to promote fire safety to children. More recently however the character has become the mascot for the Children's Burn Trust.
Creation of Welephant
Welephant was created for the Greater Manchester Fire Service in order to promote awareness of the dangers of fire to the local school children. A competition was set where pupils of the local schools submitted drawings of a possible mascot that the fire department could use.
Charity Name Change
In 1996 Welephant Club Inc was changed to The National Fire Safety Charity for Children.
Most Fire & Rescue Services now use their own individual mascots and cartoon characters to teach children about the importance of fire safety. During the late 1990s / early 2000s Welephant was gradually phased out from UK Fire Service merchandising and safety campaigns, but he continued to be used extensively as the Mascot for the National Fire Safety Charity
Other characters such as 'Frances the Firefly', 'Adam Alarm' and others have also been used.
Welephant is currently the Mascot of the Children's Burn Trust.
In the fifth episode of the first series of the TV firefighting drama series London's Burning, Leading Fireman Malcolm Cross wears a Welephant costume for a fire station open day.