Open day at community fire station

Kempston Community Fire Station open day 2014.
Kempston Community Fire Station open day 2014.

There’s an invitation to see behind the scenes at Kempston Community Fire Station on Saturday, June 13, during a series of free open days around the county.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is organising open days at every station around the county and this weekend is the first event, running between 12.30pm and 4pm.

Visitors can meet local firefighters, have a look around their station, view the fire engines and specialist vehicles, talk to the community safety team and learn more about joining the service.

There will be children’s entertainment, refreshments, archery, hot rod display and latest models from Vindis and Progress Skoda,

Station Commander Andy Draper said: “We had a great day last year with hundreds of people visiting. We let the kids have a go using a fire hose, under supervision of course, and got to show people our aerial platform which we can use to reach the heights of tall buildings in Bedford or to help put a fire out in a house from above.

“Open days are a fantastic family day out and a great opportunity for people to come and find out about their local station and what services we provide to our local community. People are often surprised about the variety of things we do as well as fighting fires and helping people involved in road traffic collisions, such as water rescues and animal rescues.

“The event is free and there’s plenty of things for all the family to do and refreshments on site too. Come along and see behind our big red doors.”

Kempston Community Fire Station is in Southfields Road Kempston, MK42 7NR

Visit www.bedsfire.com for a full list of all open days.