Sta­tion open day fires up crowd

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Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE - By Chloe De­save

FOR 26 years, Rush­moor fire sta­tion has been look­ing out for the peo­ple of Alder­shot and Farn­bor­ough, and on Satur­day in­vited them in to cel­e­brate its mile­stone an­niver­sary.

Crowds made their way to the sta­tion, in Lynch­ford Road, to take part and view sev­eral ac­tion- packed ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing live burns, tower res­cues and a fire en­gine sim­u­la­tion.

The open day raised £ 1,000 for The Fire Fight­ers Char­ity, which helps cur­rent and re­tired fire­fight­ers across the UK.

Ian Craw­ley, watch man­ager at Rush­moor fire sta­tion, said: “It is great to en­gage with the com­mu­nity like this and to see them come out to sup­port us.”

The event, for all ages, had hose games and a Fire­man Sam mas­cot for the chil­dren, plus an area for over 65s to try out the STEER pro­gramme, which helps re­duce the risk of falls.

There was also the chance to dunk a fire­fighter, as well as ed­u­ca­tional ar­eas for peo­ple to learn about life- sav­ing CPR.

The event also pro­moted road safety with a se­verely dam­aged car to re­in­force the fire ser­vice’s Project Pic­togram cam­paign.

Watch man­ager Craw­ley added: “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.”

Ali­son Jepp Pho­tog­ra­phy

Hav­ing fun with the fire hose.

Ali­son Jepp Pho­tog­ra­phy

Rush­moor fire sta­tion held its an­nual open day on Satur­day.

Ali­son Jepp Pho­tog­ra­phy

Fire in the tower demon­stra­tion

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