Thousands turn out to fire station open day

Thousands turn out to fire station open day

Rushmoor holds huge event to marks 26 years of protecting community
28 June 2016

​Live burns, tower rescues and hose games were among the fire-related activities that attracted thousands to a fire station open day.

The event at Rushmoor also featured a firefighter dunking station, an extrication display and an engine simulation ride.

There were a dozen vehicles on display, including specialist and vintage models, and the public got the chance to meet representatives from all blue light services and the heroic yet cute fire dogs.

The event was held between 10am and 4pm on Saturday and marked 26 years of the station being open as well as raising about £1,000 for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Children enjoyed using the hose to ‘put out’ flames on a colourful cut out, sitting in an engine, dressing up as a firefighter and simulating rope rescues.

One of the organisers Watch Manager Ian Crawley said:

“It has been incredible. We have had huge crowds through the door and it is hard to point to any one part that was most popular.

“Everyone has worked very hard to make sure it was a great day and we have highlighted safety messages too.

“It is great to engage with the community like this and to see them come out to support us.”

There were areas where the over-65s could try out the STEER programme or where people could learn how to save a life.

The station was filled with photos, information and videos showing what the service is all about as well as a mangled car to reinforce the Project Pictogram road safety campaign.

There was also a smoke machine, face-painting, a Fireman Sam mascot, music, a barbecue and tea and cake.

Event is massive hit with visitors
Rushmoor Open Day