Shrewsbury and Telford Fire Station Open Days

Fire station doors in Shrewsbury and Telford are “open to everyone” as firefighters put down the welcome mat to the people of Shropshire.

Young and old alike are invited to tour Shrewsbury fire HQ on October 3 and Telford Fire Station on October 10 from 10am to 1 pm as part of a diversity celebration by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Eye catching demonstrations, including a chip pan fire, will be put on as firefighters and community fire safety officers showcase their skills to display the wide variety of work they do in the county.

The innovative smoke house used to educate children and adults about fire safety and show them how to escape from a potentially life threatening house fire, will also be on show to the public.

The colourful new tent, which replaces its 20-year-old predecessor, looks like a modern day home with separate rooms and a hallway with each space containing visual and auditory interactive technology to teach fire safety.

Blue Watch in Shrewsbury and White Watch in Telford will explain how a hi-tech fire engine works, part of a fleet of vehicles – and a rescue boat – used to keep the people of Shropshire safe.

“We want the communities of Shropshire to come and see the great variety of work that we do at Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service,” said Natalie Parkinson, equality and diversity officer.

The events start at 10am with a welcome to the public from Chief Fire Officer John Redmond and Assistant Chief Fire Officer Louise McKenzie.

Councillor Jean Jones will talk about the importance of diversity in the fire service. The fire station visits are being organised as part of celebrating diversity events in October including Black History Month, Older People’s Day, World Mental Health Day and Shropshire Rainbow Festival.

For more information about fire safety visit www.shropshirefire.gov.uk or follow Shropshire firefighters on Facebook and Twitter.

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