Crews from Worthing E Watch had a special guest visit them at the fire station on Friday (23 February).
The Borough’s Mayor, Cllr Alex Harman, took the time to meet the duty crew, where he was given a VIP tour of the station, the appliances and all of the equipment they carry.
The Watch kitted the Mayor out in full fire kit in order to take part in some training. As part of the training, Cllr Harman was taken up 32 metres up in the aerial ladder platform (ALP), operated the compressed air foam system, handled hose reels and rescued a casualty whilst wearing breathing apparatus.
The day finished with a real emergency call, where he witnessed the ALP in action to assist SECAmb with an emergency.
Watch Commander, Darren Wickings, said: “It was great to show Alex what the role of a firefighter entails. He took part in all of the training and understood why we have to maintain our skill levels continuously.
“This was also a fantastic opportunity for the Watch to ask Cllr Alex Harman questions about his role and his duties as the Mayor.”
Station Manager, Roy Barraclough, said: “It was great to welcome the Mayor as we are all very proud to be a part of Worthing’s community. We were able to show him what we do for the town as a service and Alex was able to try out the fire equipment for himself.”
Cllr Harman said: "It was a fantastic morning with E Watch, I initially had a very limited understanding of the fire service and it was amazing to learn just how much they do within our community.
“I was included in various parts of their training, which allowed me to have a small insight into their day to day work. Thank you to everyone at Worthing Fire Station for their hospitality and to all at West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service for what they do to keep us safe!"
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.