Gallery: Children get hands-on fun at fire station open day

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service Firefighters raised more than £1,000 for charity at the Kempston Fire Station Open Day on Saturday (June 13) despite the rain which fell all day.

Almost 300 adults and children braved the summer rain to visit their local fire station and see behind the scenes.

Bedford Fire Station open day

Bedford Fire Station open day

Station Commander Andy Draper said: “The weather was disappointing but we’re used to getting wet, and I was pleased that so many people turned out despite to the rain.

“Everyone who came had a great time getting to know our Firefighters, seeing around the fire station and using some of the equipment we use in our firefighting and rescues.”

Perhaps the most fun children had was using a fire hose to try to knock over brave on-call Firefighter Paul Thompson.

Cdr Draper said: “It gives the children an idea of just how powerful the hoses are and how much water they can pour onto a fire when needed.

“There was also our ‘egg challenge’ where visitors could try and pick up an egg with our Holmatro hydraulic spreaders, usually used to help free causalities from cars. It looks simple but the hydraulics mean that this piece of kit can both grip very firmly but can also be gentle enough to not break an egg – if you’re careful.”

He added: “I’d like to thank everyone who turned up on the day and all the crews and staff at Kempston Fire Station and HQ who helped make it such a successful day. Hopefully next year the weather will be better.”

During this summer every fire station across the county will be opening its doors to local people who can meet local Firefighters, have a look around their local fire station, and explore the fire engines and specialist vehicles. Visit for a full list of all our Open Days.