Mullion and Helston fire stations host family fun open days: PICTURES

This is The West Country: Mullion and Helston fire stations host family fun open days: PICTURES Mullion and Helston fire stations host family fun open days: PICTURES

Safety was the aim of the day when Helston and Mullion’s fire stations opened their doors to the general public.

Both stations arranged a range of fun activities and games to encourage people to learn more about safety in the home and prevent themselves from becoming victims of fire.

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At Mullion, station manager Peter Tonkin organised an evening that was well supported by the community and raised £650 for the Firefighters’ Charity.

A barbecue and cake stall helped keep the locals and holidaymakers refreshed as they looked at the displays and took part in a treasure hunt and raffle.

Firefighters from the station gave a chip pan fire demonstration, to show how easy it is for a fire to occur and then showed ways of dealing with the incident safely.

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An aerial ladder platform was also used in a demonstration, and the command and control unit that attends major incidents was in attendance. Station visitors could also see co-responder equipment that is used when the fire service is first at the scene of an accident.

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Mr Tonkin’s wife Cheryl, who was one of a number of wives and girlfriends who helped out at the event, said the evening was “very, very busy,” with one of the highest attendances seen and more money raised that ever before.

There were similar activities arranged by Keith Stringer and his team at Helston Fire Station.

Visitors got to look inside a fire engine and discover if they fancied a future career in the emergency service.

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There was also a game in which they could test their reaction times, and a stall selling various items of fire safety equipment.

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