New Romney fire station will be opening its doors to the public this Saturday (7 May) and inviting people in to help mark the 60th anniversary of the station.
Entry is free and the event will run from 11am to 3pm.
Joining in the anniversary celebrations are distinguished guests, the Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL, Lord Warden and Admiral of the Cinque Ports and Constable of Dover Castle, and the Right Worshipful Mayor of New Romney, Councillor Mrs Patricia Rolfe.
The station was opened on Wednesday 9 May 1956 by County Alderman Sir Denys Stokes CB OBE and it was the fourth new retained (now called on-call) fire station to be provided by the County Council since it became the Fire Authority in 1948. The Sub Officer at the time was Jack Polden.
The fire station has always been a retained (now on-call) station, crewed by locals all having to live within a mile of the station to achieve an attendance time of five minutes. Back then, the crews were alerted to the station by an old World War Two air raid siren at the top of the drill tower, and at night time they had a bell in the house that rang. In 1977, pocket alerters were issued to each firefighter. This system is still used today.
Visitors will be able to view the equipment the fire crew uses to respond to a wide range of emergencies. As well as attending a variety of fire incidents, the fire appliance has combination cutting gear on board which allows the crews to attend road traffic collisions, as well as water rescue dry suits, which have been used to rescue people from cars in ditches on the Marsh.
The community safety team will be providing a demonstration showing the dangers of cooking with oil and crews will be providing some essential fire and road safety advice.
Firefighter’s Charity will have a fundraising stand and the station will also be hosting a raffle in aid of the charity with a huge range of prizes donated from the local community and businesses in the area.
A selection of teas and coffees and other refreshments will be available.
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