A day of celebration, community safety and fun activities for all the family is planned for Lakefield fire station’s 50th anniversary open day on Saturday 10 June 2017.
A full programme of activities, including fire, rescue and road safety demonstrations, will take place at the station in New Hythe Lane from 11am to 4pm.
Entry is free and firefighters and community officers will be on hand to offer family advice to help keep them safe at home, on the roads and near water.
Visitors will be invited to spot the fire safety risks in a special ‘hazard room’, which will also be used to show how quickly a fire in your home can develop.
Other highlights of the day include live crash rescue simulations, a tower rescue and cooking oil fire safety demonstrations.
A range of equipment, including modern and vintage engines, specialist vehicles and rescue boat will be on display, and firefighters will talking to visitors about the range of emergencies they attend.
The British Red Cross will be bringing their emergency support vehicle, which is used to provide practical and emotional support to people involved in incidents, and Kent County Council’s road safety team will be providing advice to help families stay safe on the roads.
Firefighters will be collecting donations for both Cancer Research and the Firefighter’s Charity, and families will have the chance to take part in variety of activities, including a bouncy castle and coconut shy run by the local Scout group.
Visitors can also take part in a raffle in aid of the Firefighter’s Charity, with an impressive range of prizes that have been kindly donated by local organisations, including the top prize of the use of a Mini car for a weekend.
National reading charity, Beanstalk will also be at the event, reading fire service related stories to children, while other local community groups, including the East Malling Community Partnership and local PCSOs will providing helpful advice and information.
Former firefighters who served at the station over the last 50 years and their families have also been invited to the event which will also mark the station’s anniversary.
Ice-creams, burgers, hotdogs and other refreshments will be available.
Larkfield Watch manager Mitchell Kelly said: “We are looking forward to welcoming the public into the station to help celebrate this special anniversary. The day promises to be interesting and informative, with plenty of activities for families to enjoy. We hope that they will also take away some valuable tips to help keep them safe from fire and other risks.”