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Families enjoy Leatherhead fire station open day

By Leatherhead Advertiser  |  Posted: September 26, 2011

  • MAKING A SPLASH: Cousins Mika Sturt, 2, and Bonnie Sturt, 12, at the open day

  • WOULD-BE FIREMEN: Twins Matthew and Phillip Swann, 3, pose with the fire service's new off-road Unimog fire truck

  • HANDS ON: Michelle Munday and Ashton Munday, 2, of Little Bookham, try out the hose with watch manager Steve Butwell

  • THROUGH THE AGES: A collection of vintage fire engines were on show at the event

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FAMILIES had a fun-filled experience at Leatherhead fire station's open day.

A display of fire engines past and present, demonstrations, games and volunteers on hand to give advice meant there was something for everyone.

White Watch crew manager Matt Perry, who organised the event, was thrilled with the number of people who attended.

He said: "We were really pleased with the turnout and the weather was pretty good to us. The idea is to give the public a chance to come and see what life at a fire station is like.

"We are quite proactive at going out to the public and doing displays, but the open days are good because they come to the fire station, so it doesn't feel like we are going to their home an lecturing them."

Organisers were helped by the Surrey Society of Model Engineers, which runs a model railway next door to the fire station.

Mr Perry said: "Kids love fire engines and riding on trains, so the day was a bit of a double whammy for them."

The event also included educational sessions, including a demonstration showing the dangers of chip pan fires and a computer simulation of the effect alcohol can have on driving.

There was also a shop selling helmets, T-shirts and other fire service gifts, which raised £649 for the Fire Fighters Charity.

Mr Perry added: "The charity looks after the guys who have been injured while with the service and the families of firefighters who have been killed in the line of duty.

"I want to thank everyone who came on the day and also the volunteers for their hard work."

The open day was held on September 11.

FIREFIGHTERS are appealing for scrap cars so they can practice life-saving skills.

Anyone willing to donate a scrap car should contact Andy Simpson on 07545 862147 to arrange collection or delivery.

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