Thousands of people were treated to a fire service frenzy at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Family Day today.
"It has been a fantastic day, we couldn’t have asked for better weather and the turn out was unbelievable!"
Event Organiser, Jude Russell
Service mascot, Welephant entertained the crowds whilst firefighters gave rope rescue and car crash demonstrations throughout the day. Visitors also got to tour the Service’s Control room and climb aboard the fire engines.
Helen Shaw from Stafford said: "It’s been a brilliant day there was plenty to do for the kids, we’ve really enjoyed it." Her son, Charlie Stokes aged four said: “I liked getting onto the fire engines and the clown was really good."
The event also saw the launch of the new ‘Welephant Club’ which is aimed at children aged four to eight years old. Over 200 children signed up today to be a free member and there are still places available for any children wishing to join who were unable to attend the event, see the Service website for details.
The Service was also raising awareness of their upcoming campaign, ‘Push the Button’ and were encouraging people to pledge to test their smoke alarm on a weekly basis. Other activities included smoke house tours, student firefighter hose competitions, face painting and circus skills.
Event Organiser, Jude Russell said: "It has been a fantastic day, we couldn’t have asked for better weather and the turn out was unbelievable! We had firefighters from all over the County involved and several partner organisations. The fire service demonstrations were really popular, along with the police helicopter and the fire investigation dogs, Ellie and Pepper. Most importantly people have gone away with a reminder about how important fire and road safety is. We look forward to doing it all again in two years time."