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Swanscombe firefighters to mark 50 years at the heart of the local community

Swanscombe firefighters to mark 50 years at the heart of the local community

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26 August 2016

Swanscombe fire station is planning to celebrate its 50th anniversary of serving the local community in style, with a fire station open day next month.

The station in Grove Road will be opening its doors between 11am and 2pm on Saturday 10 September for what promises to be an enjoyable day for the whole family.

Watch Manager, John Allwright, said: "Swanscombe is very much a community fire station and local people have always been very supportive of the work we do to help keep them safe.

"Since the station first opened its doors in 1966, developments in technology and training have transformed the role of the firefighter. Our visitors will get the chance to see our new, slimline fire engine and look at the wide-range of innovative firefighting equipment we use to protect them.

"But our work isn’t just about responding to emergencies, it’s also about preventing them from happening in the first place. Our open day is also the perfect opportunity to talk to people about practical measures anyone can take to stay safe."

There will be a range of interesting and fun-filled activities on offer, with cooking fire demonstrations to show just how quickly a fire can start in your kitchen, if you leave cooking unattended or get distracted. There will also be photo opportunities for little and not so little visitors to climb in the fire engine. Children can use a hose to put out pretend fires and there will also be basic first aid demonstrations including how to treat burns and scalds to carrying out CPR.

John added: "You never know when you might find yourself in the midst of a medical emergency and having basic knowledge and skills, might just help save someone’s life."

Drop in and chat to firefighters about fire safety in the home, including how to install and maintain smoke alarms and how to develop a home escape plan to ensure you and your loved ones can quickly and safely escape a fire.

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