This Day In 2001 - Fire Station Opens Doors To Visitors


14th August 2011

Fire-fighters gave visitors a glimpse of life behind the scenes when they threw open the doors of their Maiden Newton station.

Families enjoyed vehicle displays as well as demonstrations of how crews rescue casualties from car accidents and use breathing apparatus.

The aim was to give the villagers in the stations area – which includes Cattistock, Evershot, Melbury, Toller and Sydling – a look at the station.

Sub-officer Pete Elliot said: “It went very well indeed.

"An awful lot of people came along. We are grateful for their support and, from what I’ve heard, they had a very good time.”

He added: “We raised about £500 for the Fire Service National Benevolent Fund.

“Our demonstrations include a chip pan blaze, to get the fire safety message across.

“But it was also a chance for people from Maiden Newton and the area served by the station to come along and meet the guys and see how things work.”

The station’s engine and Land Rover were on show as well as a vehicle with a turn table ladder.

There was also a Dorset Ambulance display, refreshments, teas, a barbecue and other displays.

The crew hopes to hold another open day next year.

[From the Dorset Echo 14-08-01]

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