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Crews at Tunbridge Wells fire station will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a special open day on Saturday 8 June.
Firefighters have been responding to emergencies from the station since 1963, and visitors will be offered the chance to tour the station, meet the crews and see and a range of services and equipment that the service provides.
The free event, taking place between 11am to 4pm, will feature displays and demonstrations for all ages. These include a ‘casualty’ being cut out of car, tower rescues, and a dramatic demonstration of how quickly a fire can spread when crews set a recreated room alight.
As well as the modern appliances, there will also be an opportunity to see three vintage fire engines which are the same make and model that have been based at the station over the last half a century.
Two raffles will be held throughout the day, with prizes donated from local business and the opportunity to win a ‘firefighter for the day’ experience. Hot and cold refreshments will also be available on site.
Tunbridge Wells firefighter, Peter Manktelow, said: “The 50th anniversary of the station provides a great opportunity for us to welcome visitors and help them find out what we do at Kent Fire and Rescue Service. Our aim is to provide a fun day for all the family while also passing on advice that could one day safe your life.”