Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Olympic glory for Hastings residents

Hastings firefighters are offering residents a part of the Olympic action….

This Saturday (28th July) they will hold their Open Day at Bohemia Road, Hastings, with the chance for families to have their photo taken with Olympic Torch Bearer Lawrence Page. All the crews ask in return is for a token donation to the Fire Fighters Charity.

Crew Commander Tony Giles said:

“This will give families the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Olympic Torch and to meet Lawrence who is not only an asset to East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service but Hastings too. The Olympic Torch is the symbolic start of the 2012 Olympic Games and we want residents to have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see it in person and be snapped with it!”

Forty-five-year-old Lawrence proudly carried the torch through the town’s celebrations on July 17th after being nominated for this prestigious role by Hastings firefighters. Twenty-five years ago, Lawrence, who has learning difficulties, walked into Hastings community fire station and volunteered to wash service vehicles and fire appliances. He's since worked at the station every Saturday.

Tony added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for residents to see what goes on at their local fire station and to see firsthand the vast range of work that we carry out. We want this to be a fun day for the whole family and hope people will take away with them a few safety tips to help keep them safe in their day-to-day lives. It’s always great to meet the people that we work for and hope that our Open Day will brighten up their day.”

Just some of the fun in the sun going on this weekend includes displays and attractions, a chip pan demo, Road Traffic Collision scenarios, Active Hastings, Mobilising and Communications Centre (who will be giving 999 call handling demonstrations), the Incident Command Unit (the epicentre of any major incident). The day gets underway at 11am and the fun continues until 4pm.

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