Watch Manager, Jim Ramsden - catering for the masses
Chatham fire station threw open its doors to over 1000 people on Saturday, (24 June), to give people an insight into how firefighters keep people safe.
Visitors were able to get an up-close look at the fire engines, talk to local firefighters and get some top tips which could help save their lives.
Firefighters staged a cooking fire demonstration to show how quickly a fire can start in the home and shared simple steps that everyone can take to reduce the chance of a fire in their home.
Chatham Watch Manager, Jim Ramsden, said: “Most people think fire won’t happen to them, sadly it can and with devastating consequences. Saturday’s event was about sharing advice in a fun way, to help keep our local community safe.
“We explained the importance of having working smoke alarms and an escape plan that all members of the family know. Information on our free safe and well visits was also shared with our visitors. These are designed for people who might need extra help to keep them safe from fire, such as: older people, those with mobility or health issues or children under the age of five.
“We’re very grateful to everyone who came along and helped raise funds for the victims of the Grenfell Towers fire and the Firefighters Charity. Also to our partner agencies: Kent Police, the Coastguard, Guide Dogs, Kent Firefighting Museum and Red Zebra, who all helped ensure the day was a success.”
Crowds watching the cooking fire demo
Firefighters staged the rescue of two ‘casualties’ from a car crash, using specialist cutting equipment to cut off the roof and door of the vehicle. They also warned of the dangers of using a phone while at the wheel.
Visitors were able to identify potential risks in a hazard perception room, as well as the many other attractions on offer. Younger visitors were delighted to get an up-close look and have their photograph taken with the fire engines, an all-terrain vehicle and a police car. They also enjoyed putting out pretend fires using fire hoses.
Jim added: “It was a fantastic day and a real pleasure to welcome so many people from our community. Our job is as much about preventing incidents happening in the first place, keeping people safe and being there when they need us. Hopefully they have gone away with a better understanding of the steps they can take to stay safe.
To get free safety advice or to find out about our safe and well visits, call us today, it's free from most landlines or email.