Release date: 11 July 2019
Firefighters at Worthing Fire Station are busily preparing to open up the big red doors to offer a unique insight into the life of the town’s firefighters.
On Saturday, July 20, the town’s firefighters will host their hugely popular annual open day, offering everything from firefighting demonstrations and road safety advice to model train rides and face painting.
Crew members will be putting their firefighting skills to the test to demonstrate how they tackle a variety of complex incidents, including road traffic collisions, hot fat fires and rescues from height
The event, which runs from 10am until 4pm is one of the largest of its kind in the South and usually attracts around 10,000 people to the fire station on Ardsheal Road. Entrance is free but crews will be accepting donations for the Firefighter’s Charity and other local charities throughout the day.
Darren Wickings is the station’s Open Day Co-ordinator. He said: “The Open Day is a real highlight of the year for our crews, and we are really looking forward to welcoming people to the station. Once again we have also joined forces with the Broadwater Carnival again, so this will be the biggest event Broadwater has ever seen!
“The Open Day is a rare opportunity to see behind the scenes of their fire and rescue service and learn a bit more about what the role of a professional firefighter entails.
“As well as the many demonstrations and activities throughout the day we will also be offering a wealth of home fire safety advice, as well as information on our Road Traffic Collision reduction scheme, and our work to try and combat arson within our communities.
“People will be able to see our fire engines which can be called on at a moment’s notice to an emergency situation, as well as a number of vintage appliances that have served the county in years gone by, along with vehicles from Sussex Police too.
“The South East Coast Ambulance Service will also be in attendance, along with the Red Cross Fire Emergency Support Unit, who provide vital support to those affected by fire in their hour of need.
“Craft stalls, bouncy castles and children’s rides will all be here, meaning there is something for everyone. We hope you can join us for what is sure to be a fantastic family day out.”