Firefighters set to hold open day

Chief fire officer Alex Bennett
Chief fire officer Alex Bennett

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service is holding a fundraising open day the weekend after next.

The free event, at Cramlington’s West Hartford Community Fire Station on Saturday, 11 July, will give those going along a behind-the-scenes look at the latest fire and rescue equipment.

The chance to try out a driving simulator challenge, drill displays by young firefighters Association and a host of fairground attractions and food and drink stalls will also be on offer.

There’ll be displays by the police and ambulance service and a fly-past by an RAF Sea King helicopter too. The day runs from 10.30am to 3pm.

All proceeds will be donated to the Fire Fighters’ Charity and Northumberland Young Firefighters Association.

Chief fire officer Alex Bennett said: “We hope the public will join us at our open day to learn more about the fire and rescue service on what promises to be an enjoyable day out for all the family.”

Northumberland County Council deputy leader Dave Ledger added: “This is an excellent opportunity for all the emergency services to meet the local community.

“This is a fabulous day out, whatever the weather.”

“Often, people only see the fire service during an emergency situation, so it’s great for them to be able to chat to the public and demonstrate their professionalism in a more relaxed environment.”