Cel­e­brate 150 years of a cap­i­tal fire ser­vice

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

NEARLY a dozen fire sta­tions across west Lon­don will open their doors to fam­i­lies to mark the 150th an­niver­sary of the Lon­don Fire Brigade.

The cel­e­bra­tions will take place at Chiswick, Har­row, Chelsea, Wem­b­ley, He­ston, Ruis­lip, Northolt, Hilling­don, Ac­ton, Ham­mer­smith and Twick­en­ham fire sta­tions be­tween June and Septem­ber, with other Lon­don bor­oughs in­volved up un­til De­cem­ber.

The event, per­fect for any­one who ever wanted to play fire­fighter for a day, is sup­ported by Play­mo­bil which will have fire brigade sets for lit­tle ones to play with at home, and hopes to bring to­gether the lo­cal fire ser­vices and the com­mu­nity.

The open days will give peo­ple the chance to meet lo­cal fire­fight­ers as well as life-size Play­mo­bil ones and watch crews as they stage a road traf­fic res­cue demon­stra­tion and a per­form a mock up of res­cu­ing some­one from a ‘burn­ing’ build­ing.

One of the Brigade’s dogs trained to track down causes of a fire will make an ap­pear­ance, while an aware­ness play will be staged by a lo­cal act­ing club along with live mu­sic, fair­ground rides, food and games.

The scout com­pany 1st Chiswick, one of the old­est in the world, founded in 1908, will act as mar­shals for the vin­tage fire ap­pli­ances on dis­play, while lo­cal po­lice will bring a car for dis­play and the St John Am­bu­lance will hold a first aid demon­stra­tion with their young cadets.

A lucky draw will also give some­one the chance to win a Porsche for a week­end.

Ful­ham fire sta­tion cel­e­bra­tions were held in April while Willes­den had their fam­ily day in the first week of June. Chiswick held theirs last week­end.

Har­row Fire Sta­tion, 500 Pin­ner Road – July 2, 11am to 3pm

Chelsea Fire Sta­tion, 264 Kings Road – July 9, noon to 5pm

Wem­b­ley Fire Sta­tion, 591a Har­row Road – July 23, 11am to 5pm

He­ston Fire Sta­tion, 520 Lon­don Road, Isle­worth – July 24, noon to 4pm

Ruis­lip Fire Sta­tion, Hilling­don Civic Cen­tre, Uxbridge High Street – July 30, noon to 4pm

Northolt Fire Sta­tion, 74 Petts Hill, Eal­ing – July 31, noon to 4pm

Hilling­don Fire Sta­tion, Uxbridge Road – Au­gust 10, noon to 4pm

Ac­ton Fire Sta­tion, 27 Gun­ners­bury Lane – Au­gust 20, noon to 4pm

Ham­mer­smith Fire Sta­tion, 190-192 Shep­herds Bush Road – Au­gust 24, noon to 4pm

Twick­en­ham Fire Sta­tion, 30 South Road, Rich­mond – Septem­ber 4, 11am to 4pm

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