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Delighted children enjoy Hainault Fire Station open day

PUBLISHED: 12:30 23 August 2017

Firefighters at Hainault fire station having their Open Day. Felicity McCormick aged 11months

Firefighters at Hainault fire station having their Open Day. Felicity McCormick aged 11months

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Excited youngsters got to put on the famous yellow hard hats, pick up a hose and jump in a fire engine at Hainault Fire Station’s open day.

Firefighters showed how they tackled blazes in tall buildings and cut people out of cars after crashes, at Tuesday’s event in New North Road.

Awestruck children watched on, in between helping themselves to ice creams and enjoying entertainment such as dodgems.

Chris Van Roten, red watch manager at the fire station, told the Recorder she was happy with the day’s turnout.

She said: “It was an extremely well run, enjoyable day.

“Overall I would say we had somewhere between 300 and 400 people turn up, so I would say it’s been a fairly big success.

“The weather held out, thankfully, and it was great to have so much help from the other agencies who came and put on displays, we’re really grateful to them.”

The day was about more than helping Hainault residents have a good time however, and the firefighters at the station used to opportunity to give locals some tips on how best to keep themselves safe from fire hazards.

Ms Van Roten added: “It’s great that we have the opportunity to interact with members of the local community like this and give them fire safety advice and just reassure them that we are here to help.”

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