The horrors of a gas explosion, how a car rescue is made and a cave rescue team in action are among the highlights of an open day at Telford Fire Station on Saturday, August 8.
A team from the Midlands Cave Rescue will use the 100ft high drill tower to demonstrate their lifesaving techniques while firefighters will also show the power of a small explosion under controlled conditions.
Safety is the key ingredient of the powerful messages which will be portrayed on the day while also showcasing to the public the wide variety of work undertaken by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, said organiser Mark Barnett.
“It is a chance for members of the public to see how firefighters operate and to pick up some potentially lifesaving information. It is free entry for everyone and people can watch firefighters doing pump and ladder drills as well as tour the specialist fire appliances here in Telford.
“It is an opportunity for family members of all ages to learn more about how to protect themselves and what they should do if fire breaks out in their homes,” added Mr Barnett, a firefighter on Green Watch at Telford Fire Station at Stafford Park.
Children will be able to experience the interactive smoke tent teaching them how to escape from a smoke filled house. There will be refreshments and a number of stalls at the open day which runs from 11am until 4pm.
A number of unique vehicles will be on display including the specialist rescue tender and the six wheeled all terrain vehicle for rescues in remote areas of Shropshire. The brigade’s boat crew and Aerial Ladder Platform will also be at the open day attended by Telford street pastors, police and other emergency services.
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