Fire station to host family open event

Families will be treated to a series of fun activities and dramatic fire demonstrations at Berwick Community Fire Station on Sunday.

Tuesday, 2nd August 2016, 10:51 am
Updated Tuesday, 2nd August 2016, 11:58 am
Fun and games and a chance to volunteer at Berwick Community Fire Station.

The station is hosting the open day to give local people an insight into the work of local fire crews, raise funds for charity, and entertain the community with a host of fun activities. The event runs from 1pm to 4pm and attendees can also find out about joining the service.

It will give people the opportunity to chat to fire crews about the role of a retained firefighter, explore a fire engine up close, and even try out some of the equipment.

Activities will include a young firefighters’ demonstration, face-painting, a toy corner, a raffle and tombola, as well as food and drink.

There will also be exciting demonstrations of chip pan fires and a road traffic accident scenario to show how firefighters respond to emergencies.

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And if anybody decides they fancy a piece of the action, a career advice zone will be set up with information about the requirements and the rewards of becoming a volunteer firefighter.

The fire service recently launched a dynamic new recruitment video, as part of a recruitment drive which seeks to encourage a diversity of volunteers and highlight the benefits of a career in the fire service.

Mark McCarty, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, said: “This is the latest in a series of open days which have been a big hit with families across Northumberland. Sunday will certainly be a fun-packed afternoon, but aside from the fun and games, the fire service has a very important message to get across. We’d love to meet with anyone who is willing to become an on-call firefighter.

“In this role, you would provide essential first-line firefighting and rescue capabilities and potentially save lives. And it doesn’t get more challenging, exciting, or rewarding than that.

“We’ve had volunteers of all ages, and from all walks of life. If you think this is something you’d like to be a part of, or your curious to find out more, this event is your opportunity. Don’t miss it.”