Meet your local firefighters at open days
By David Wood
Where: Various fire stations in Gloucestershire
When: Various dates
Open days are being held at Gloucestershire's fire stations so the public can meet the crews and watch some exciting demonstrations.
The free family-friendly events are being held at the following Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue stations:
- Coleford Community Fire Station - Saturday 31 August, 11am-3pm
- Stroud Community Fire Station - Sunday 1 September, 12pm-4pm
- Cheltenham Community Fire Station (Keynsham Road) - Sunday 15 September, 12pm-4.30pm
- Nailsworth Community Fire Station - Sunday 22 September, 9am-3pm
- Gloucester South Community Fire Station & SkillZONE community open day - Sunday 29 September, 11am-3pm
- Tewkesbury Community Fire Station - Saturday 5 October, 10am-4pm
You can come along to watch operational demonstrations by firefighters, find out information on how to keep you and your family safe in the home and outdoors, see the equipment and appliances used by the crews and your children could even climb aboard a fire engine to have their picture taken.
If you would like to join your local fire station as an on call firefighter, there will also be a chance to speak to the team and find out more information.
The open day at Gloucester South Community Fire Station is being combined with an open day at the safety education centre SkillZONE, which offers prevention and safety education for all ages. The centre in Tuffley has an interactive, life-size indoor village with home, community, road and cyber zones.
Visit https://skillzone.glosfire.gov.uk for information about booking a group session for schools and community groups.
Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member with responsibility for the Fire and Rescue Service, said: "These open days are a great opportunity to visit your local fire station to watch some demonstrations and gain some invaluable safety advice.
"We hope the open day at SkillZONE will also be popular as it's an excellent facility that does vital work for the county."
Wayne Bowcock, chief fire officer, said: "Gloucestershire fire stations are 'Community' stations so these open days are a great opportunity for our residents to see what we do. We look forward to them every year and enjoy talking to our local residents.
"If you're interested in becoming an on call firefighter we'd love to speak to you so we hope you will come along to meet us."
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