Over two thousand visitors came along to Larkfield fire station’s 50th anniversary open day on Saturday.
From the moment the doors opened, the yard filled out with families enjoying the many displays and attractions that had been arranged by the fire crew.
The event was blessed with brilliant sunshine and the crowds enjoyed a full programme of demonstrations, including line rescue, a ladder rescue from the tower, a car crash rescue demo and the grand finale - the burning of the hazard room – which proved popular with children and adults alike.
Many families made a day of it and took the time to chat with firefighters and the community fire safety team, while kids had a go at squirting a fire hose, climbing aboard the fire engines and fire boat, and trying on firefighting gear.
A range of vintage fire engines also proved popular, as did the bouncy castle and coconut shy, while ice creams, burgers, hot dogs and cakes also went down well with visitors.
The history of the station was well represented, with displays from the firefighter’s museum and former firefighters from Larkfield, who had plenty of tales to tell, with memorabilia and souvenirs from the fire station over the past five decades.
A range of partners also attended the event, including the British Red Cross victim support unit, Kent County Council road safety team, NHS smoking cessation team, the Firefighter’s Charity, the local scout group, community groups and children’s literacy Beanstalk, who invited firefighters to read to some of the children.
Crews raised over £1,000 with their raffle and from donations on the day, in aid of the Firefighter’s Charity and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Larkfield Watch Manager Mitchell Kelly said: “We were very proud to welcome so many visitors to the station to help celebrate its 50th anniversary. We were absolutely delighted with the turnout and we had some excellent feedback from people who said they enjoyed the day had also learnt some valuable safety tips.”
Chief Executive Ann Millington said: “I would like to congratulate the crew on the success of their open day and to thank them, and everyone else involved, for the tremendous effort they put in to making it such great community event.”