A few weeks ago, we visited our local Fire Station in Newbury, Berkshire. By chance, I found out that they was hosting an Open Day for local residents so we decided that we would take Jack along to what would be a fun-filled day.
Jack was all smiles when we arrived as there was lots of classic fire trucks on the lead up to the entrance. We could tell straight away that Jack was going to enjoy the day.
Just as we was arriving, the fire crew was beginning a rescue demonstration from their training tower. There was plenty of laughter and wolf-whistling for ‘Mary’, one of the fireman wearing a pretty pink wig and dress who had accidentially fallen out of a window. Its true, us girls really will go to any length for the attention of a fireman.
Jack was drawn to the fire trucks like a magnet and kept Trevor on his toes checking them out one by one. I just watched on with fascination and followed on behind with Hudson who was only a couple of weeks old.
Throughout the day there was plenty of demonstrations to keep everyone entertained, including a RTC rescue, a chip pan fire demo and our favourite from Barley the Fire Dog. Jack thought he was great.
There was also a full-equipped ambulance onsite for people to explore inside and a police car for children to sit in. Hopefully, it will be the only time Jack will sit inside a police car unless of course he wants to be a police officer.
We entered the raffle which had loads of fab prizes up for grabs and we was lucky enough to win a pair of raceday tickets for Newbury Racecourse. Yay! There was also a charity auction for people to bid on but unfortunately, Trevor was outbid for a set of golf tickets. Unlucky daddy!
There was plenty for children to do including face painting and dressing up and there was a BBQ and ice cream van onsite which were in popular demand. The fire crews were there and interacting with everyone which was nice to see.
It was a blistering hot day and it was lovely to see that over 1000 people had turned out to support the fire station. The crew had gone to so much effort to make sure that the day was a success and it was clear to see just how much the children loved it.
We headed home with two very tired boys, having had a lovely family day out. It was our first as a family of four too, so it will be a day I shall never forget.
The open day will definitely be an annual event for us now. Why not find out if your local fire station is hosting an event near you some time soon?
If like us, you live in Berkshire, you can follow the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service on Twitter for Open Day fun and other events in your area.