Staying safe on the roads is the theme of Folkestone Fire Station’s open day which takes place next Saturday (27 June).
In the last three years, 137 people were killed or seriously injured in road crashes in Shepway District alone.
Firefighters will be opening the doors to the fire station from 10am to 4pm and inviting the public along to this free event to find out more about keeping themselves and their loved-ones safe as drivers, passengers and pedestrians.
Visitors will get the chance to see firefighters at work with demonstrations showing the techniques and tools they use to rescue people and look at all the specialist equipment used to deal with a wide range of emergencies.
The event coincides with Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s (KFRS) latest road safety campaign - ‘Are you phone safe when you drive?’ - that has seen firefighters and community safety teams out and about across the county raising awareness of the dangers of using mobile phones on the road.
Everyday firefighters are called out to serious road crashes and are needed to help release injured casualties and the latest research suggests that 27 per cent of drivers admitted taking a hand-held call whist driving, while 21 per cent admitted to using their phone whilst driving to text or access apps.
KFRS campaign mascot called ‘Selfie’, a giant mobile phone will be calling in to the station and people will be invited to take ‘selfie’ photos with him and share them on social media to spread awareness of the campaign.( INSERT LINK See some videos of ‘Selfie’ in action).
KFRS’s latest road safety engagement tools will also be on show– a modified Vauxhall Astra – which id designed to attract your drivers. Guests will get a chance to enter a competition to win an ipad mini by naming the car. (LINK to competition page)
KFRS’s community safety team will be on hand offering safety tips and information about the range of free services they offer including, where eligible, free home safety visits (Link to safety page) There will also be a host of fun attractions for kids, including tours of the fire engines and an inflatable football game.
Crew Manager James Kirk said: "We are looking forward to welcoming people to our station for what promises to be a fun yet informative free open day. Our main focus will be on road safety, as crews witness only too often the terrible consequences of road crashed. Our aim is to help reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads.
"We will also be taking the opportunity to talk to visitors about fire safety, as we continue to see a comparatively high number of accidental fires in the home, so we want to make sure residents have all the advice they need to help prevent these unfortunate incidents."
For further details please contact Kent Fire and Rescue Press Office: 01622 212425