Families find out what it’s like to be a Hainault firefighter at annual open day
PUBLISHED: 12:17 13 August 2013 | UPDATED: 12:18 13 August 2013
Families got the chance to witness first-hand what it is like to be a firefighter as they watched a number of demonstrations at an open day in Hainault, displaying how quick a fire can get out of control.
Crews from Hainault Fire Station, in New North Road, held their annual open day on Saturday, featuring true-to-life scenarios, safety talks, and a chance for youngsters to snoop around a fire engine.
More than 1,000 visitors watched on as the fire rescue unit demonstrated how a car is cut open to release trapped casualties in an emergency.
Fire safety advice was available from station staff who also offered free home fire safety visits and smoke alarm fitting service.
The Metropolitan Police had a 4x4 vehicle and an off-road scramble motorbike on display, while Victim Support and The Equalities and Community Council gave out free information about their services.
There was no time for children to get as a bored as face painting was also on offer as well as a bouncy castle.
Station manager, Chris Young, said: “The idea behind the event is to promote community safety and to engage with those living nearby. We hope people learnt how to stay safe and if they require extra help in the home, they should book a home safety visit.
“The day went extremely well and the children loved taking a look around a fire engine. The demonstrations are always really popular, and are a good way of showing people why they shouldn’t try to put out a chip pan fire with water.”
The day also raised over £800 for the Fire Fighters Charity which enhances the quality of life for serving and retired fire fighters, fire personnel and their families.
To book a home fire safety visit go to www.london-fire.gov.uk. Smoke alarms can be supplied and fitted to ensure early detection from a fire, which can save lives and reduce the damage caused.
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