Open day at fire station

FIREFIGHTERS in Billingshurst are looking forward to welcoming people to their station open day on Saturday.

The event, held between midday and 4pm at the station in West Street, is an opportunity for people to get a rare peak behind the scenes of their local fire station, get a closer look at the emergency appliances and chat informally to the local crews about a range of fire and road safety issues.

It will also be an opportunity to find out more about how a retained station works and the role of retained firefighters who often have other jobs but who are ‘on call’ to respond in minutes to emergencies in their local community.

There will be plenty to see and do during the day, including: chip pan and firefighting displays; road traffic collision rescue demonstrations; stalls, raffle and a tombola; fire and road safety advice; refreshments.

Billingshurst watch manager, Richard Betts, who is organising the open day, said: “Ordinarily, the only time people see their local fire crew is in an emergency situation so this is a great way for people to find out more about the work we do in a fun and informal environment..”

Admission is free and any proceeds on the day will be donated to the Firefighters Charity.