Station open day fires up crowd
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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.”
Having fun with the fire hose.
Rushmoor fire station held its annual open day on Saturday.
Fire in the tower demonstration