A grand open day is being held at Eastbourne’s Community Fire Station, as part of a major fundraising event.
This Saturday (5th May) from 10am until 4pm crews will welcome the public at their station with a chance for kids to enjoy a firefighter experience, family activities, cakes and a tombola.
Later in the month, on 26th May, the ‘Blazing Saddles’ team of eleven firefighters from Green Watch will head off on a journey of 1,000 miles on four scooters, wearing their familiar bright yellow fire kit.
The aim is to visit all four countries of the British Isles in four days. All money raised will be shared between the Fire Fighters Charity and CLIC Sargent, who look after children suffering with cancer and leukaemia.
The Open Day will be officially opened by Kathy Gore DL, the High Sheriff of East Sussex, at 10am.
Crew Manager Bob Newton said:
“We are inviting mums, dads, uncles, aunts, nans, granddads and children to come along and find out what it’s like to be a real firefighter. It will be a lot of fun for the children, who must be accompanied by an adult.
“During their visit to the fire station the children will be able to take part in a number of firefighter activities including a Breathing Apparatus Chamber Experience, ‘Sponge the firefighter’ and dress up as a firefighter. Remember to bring your camera!”
Other attractions include free fire safety advice and displays, a Mobilising & Communications Centre display and a chip pan fire demonstration.
Stalls include face painting, a magician, charity & craft stalls, a book stall, tombola and refreshments.
Entry is free but there is no parking available on site, with on street parking nearby.