Open day at fire station

Tynemouth Fire Station.
Tynemouth Fire Station.

A fire station is throwing open its doors for a special event.

Tynemouth Community Fire Station, in Preston Road North, North Shields, is holding a day of fun and fire safety information on Saturday from 11am to 3pm.

Attractions include face painting and children’s rides, as well as drills, displays and refreshments, plus display stands from Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, RNLI, Northumbria Police and the North East Ambulance Service.

Entry is free, but there is no on-site parking.

Firefighters will be on hand to give fire safety advice on smoke alarms, planning an escape route in case of fire, keeping safe in the kitchen while cooking and how to avoid electrical fires. Visitors can sign up for a free home safety check, look at fire appliances and equipment and learn how firefighters deal with different emergency situations.

Graeme Hurst, District Manager for North Tyneside, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Keeping the public safe drives the work of everyone in Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

“People often think they can’t come into a fire station, but we are at the heart of the local community and we welcome the public in and invite them to use our community rooms. Open days like this are a chance for us to spread our fire safety messages and help people find out how to keep themselves and their families safe from fire, learn about the role of a firefighter while also having fun.”

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority Member Coun Carole Burdis said: “I would encourage everyone to come to the open day.

“Not only is it a great day out but it’s an opportunity to find out more about your local fire and rescue service. It is a vital part of the local community and provides us with a first class service.”

For more information please contact Tynemouth Community Fire Station on 0191 444 1760.