Almost 5,000 people were treated to a fire service frenzy at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Family Day on Saturday and over £2,000 is expected to have been raised for The Fire Fighters Charity.
"The fire service demonstrations were really popular, along with the fire appliances and of course Welephant!"
Event Organiser, Jude Russell
Service mascot, Welephant entertained the crowds whilst firefighters gave rope rescue, car crash and house fire rescue demonstrations throughout the day.
Stafford FM broadcasted live from the event, playing music and drawing the raffle where prizes included a year’s supply of MU Cheese, Wedgwood Olympic china and a helicopter ride for two donated by the Stone Gazette.
Visitors also got to tour the Service’s Control room and climb aboard the fire engines, including the brand new 4x4 UNIMOG appliance.
Carly Beckton, 30 from Nantwich said: I had a really good time at the family fun day, there was plenty to see and do and it was interesting to see some of the fire engines up close.
We also watched a couple of the live demonstrations, which were incredible, it makes you realise how much work has to go into all kinds of incidents."
The event also saw the launch of the 2012 ‘Push the Button’ campaign and visitors were encouraged to remember to test their smoke alarm on a weekly basis. Other activities included student firefighter hose competitions, a portable bowling alley game, face painting, circus skills and games in the StreetStadia sports arena.
Event Organiser, Jude Russell said: It was 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.
"We took over 80 referrals for free Home Fire Risk Checks on the day and it was pleasing to hear so many people telling us that they have smoke alarms in their homes, so we just reminded them to Push the Button each week.
"The fire service demonstrations were really popular, along with the fire appliances and of course Welephant! Most importantly people went away with a reminder about how important fire and road safety is. We look forward to doing it all again in two years’ time."