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Open Day at South Shields fire station
written by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 22nd August 2017 at 12:50

LOCAL people in South Shields will get the chance to see behind the scenes of their local fire station this Saturday, 26 August. The station is hosting the last in a series of similar events organised this summer giving members of the public across the Tyne and Wear area an opportunity to find out more about the work of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS). From 11am to 3pm the fire station, on John Reid Road in South Shields – NE34 8FS - will host attractions including free face painting, archery and a bouncy castle. There will be a dramatic demonstration of a chip pan fire and why it's safer to let the Fire Service deal with it. Firefighters will also carry out a simulated rescue following a car crash and also demonstrate their rope rescue skills that are frequently used across the Service area. Prevention and Education teams will be on hand to give advice on fire safety in the home and visitors will be able to sign up for a free home safety check. There will be opportunities to look at fire appliances and see how the crews' specialist equipment works. Entry to the event is free, but there is no onsite parking. Previous open days this summer at Gosforth, Sunderland, Tynemouth and Swalwell have already proved popular. Station Manager, Ian Cuskin said; “There are loads of attractions for kids of all ages, displays from our fire cadets and contributions from our blue light partners including Northumbria Police “The Swift Water Rescue team will also be there promoting water safety as we come to the end of the summer holidays and demonstrating the equipment they use to carry out rescues.” "People often think they can't come into a fire station, but we are at the heart of the local community and we welcome the public and invite them to use our community rooms. Open days like this are a chance for us to spread our fire safety messages and help people find out how to keep themselves, their families and their homes safe. They can also learn about the role of a firefighter while having fun." Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority Member, Councillor Jim Perry said: "I would encourage everyone to come to the open day. Not only is it a great day out but it's an opportunity to find out more about your local fire and rescue service. It is a vital part of the local community and provides us with a first class service."
 Originally posted at http://www.twfire.gov.uk/news/news/?entryid67=88577...

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