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Dramatic demonstrations at fire station’s family fun day

24/06/2013

Firefighters in Tamworth are inviting the community to an action packed family fun day.

“The family fun day is an excellent opportunity for the community to see some really dramatic demonstrations including people being rescued from cars. Visitors will also have the chance to view some of the appliances we use to put out fires and to meet the crews who are on the frontline, ready to respond to emergencies at a moment’s notice.”

Tamworth Station Manager Andy Oakley

Crews will be carrying out dramatic demonstrations of people being rescued from cars as well as showing how chip pan fires can quickly get out of hand.

Appliances including the water tender, aerial ladder and pumps will be showcased at the popular annual event which will run from 11am-4pm on Sunday, July 7.

There will be charity stalls, face painting, games and refreshments, with all proceeds donated to the Fire Fighters’ Charity.

The team will be giving top tips on fire safety and telling people about the importance of having working fire alarms in their homes.

The fun day, which is free to attend, will also see the official opening of the Tamworth Community Sensory Garden which is on the same site as the Marlborough Way station.

Pupils from St Gabriel’s Primary School teamed up with Tamworth Scouts and the Tamworth Community Café to create the garden.

The project was led by the Safer Communities CIC with support from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Groundwork West Midlands and local neighbourhood coordinators.

Sainsbury’s and Morrison’s donated plants for the garden and the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Trust, through Youth United, donated £5,000 to fund the project.

Tamworth Station Manager Andy Oakley said: “The family fun day is an excellent opportunity for the community to see some really dramatic demonstrations including people being rescued from cars. Visitors will also have the chance to view some of the appliances we use to put out fires and to meet the crews who are on the frontline, ready to respond to emergencies at a moment’s notice.

“There will also be a whole host of entertainment along with the official opening of the sensory garden which has been created by the community, for the community. It looks set to be a great day for the whole family.”

For more information on the Tamworth Community Sensory Garden call Kate Staples on 01785 898516 or visit safercommunitiesCIC@staffordshirefire.gov.uk