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Kent's newest fire station opens its doors to the public

Kent's newest fire station opens its doors to the public

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4 August 2016

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Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) has an action packed day planned when its newest fire station at Rochester, opens its doors to the public on Saturday, 13 August.

The station on Marconi Way will be open from 12 noon till 4pm and will offer a host of activities, demonstrations and attractions for all the family.

Organiser of the event, crew manager, Nick Dunnet, said: "Visitors will get the chance to 'have a go' at squirting water from a hose, get a close look at our fire engines, chat with the Rochester crew about their work and take away some top tips which could help them stay safe at home and on the roads."

Over the course of the day, firefighters will put on a series of demonstrations to showcase the wide range of skills and equipment they use to tackle different incidents, including cutting a ‘casualty’ from a crashed car and showing visitors what happens when a chip pan overheats and catches fire.

Also on display will be a burning room, highlighting how quickly a fire in your home can develop and the dangers of not having working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan.

Other activities and demonstrations include:

  • A height vehicle will demonstrate how firefighters rescue people from height and how it can be used to douse flames from above a burning building

  • The breathing apparatus team will rescue a mock casualty from a smoke-filled building

  • There will be first aid demonstrations with visitors getting to practice newly learned CPR skills on Resusci Anne, a training manikin, which is as close to a real-life situation as possible 

  • KFRS’s animal rescue team will demonstrate their specialist heavy lifting equipment

  • Kent Firefighting Museum will showcase an old fire engine alongside one of KFRS’s new slimline appliances

  • KFRS’s All-Terrain vehicle and fire bike will also be present

You can also get advice and speak to a wide range of other agencies including: South East Coast Ambulance Service’s HART team, Kent Police, Highways England Traffic Officers, The British Red Cross, Medway Council, your local community warden and the Coastguard.

Visitors will also get to look round KFRS's new, innovative education centre, the Road Safety Experience (RSE). It is the first purpose-built facility of its kind in the UK and is designed to help keep young people safe on the road.

Nick ended: "Come along for a really good day out and find out a little more about how things work at Rochester fire station and how we can help you keep your family and home safe."

The event is free although parking will be limited on the day. Refreshments, including an ice cream and burger van will be available, children can also get their face painted.

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