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Hundreds turn out for Watford Fire Station open day
Hundreds of people experienced life as a firefighter during Watford Fire Station’s open day.
Designed to give members of the public a chance to learn about the work of the fire station, Saturday’s event at the station in Lower High Street offered a range of activities for adults and children.
Members of the public crawled through thick smoke in the fire station’s smokehouse to discover how firefighters find casualties in the dark.
People donned breathing apparatus to dodge furniture and other obstacles in a smoke-filled tent to experience what it might be like to escape from a house in the grip of a blaze.
Volunteers and cadets were on hand to give advice about fire safety and offered free home fire safety checks.
Firefighters ran demonstrations of road traffic collisions and showed how they rescued people trapped in cars.
Children put on fire helmets and climbed on the fire engines, as well as tested out their toys on the teddy zip wire.
Station Commander Jon Horastead was very impressed by the number of people who came to the event.
He said: "The open day went very well and we had lovely weather.
"It’s very important as a public body we give people the opportunity to find out what we do, give them the opportunity to ask questions about how we serve the community and learn how to make their homes safer."
The open day was the busiest since the fire brigade moved to its new station and Commander Horastead said he was very impressed by the questions people asked and their eagerness to get involved.
He added: "We always look forward to the next community event, we’re always pleased when we engage with the public."
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