THE FIRST Bromsgrove Fire Station Open Day since the pandemic was a resounding success as it pulled in the crowds on Saturday.
The free family event had a multitude of activities for all ages to enjoy, including the ‘smoke house’, chip pan fire demonstrations and firefighters showing how they extricate a person trapped in a car after a crash.
Firearms police officers were showing their tools of the trade, as were Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service’s Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team, complete with Radar – USAR’s rescue dog.
Dave Stokes, who was there with his children Logan, nine, and Ellie, five, said: “It’s really good – as well as being an informative day, it’s great to be able to see what the emergency services do.”
Bromsgrove Fire Station Watch Commander Lee Rudge, who led the event, said: “We all love the event and always get a great turn-out and today that’s exactly what happened.
“People are clearly glad to see the event back.
“It’s a really good chance to engage with our community and it’s nice to see the kids enjoy it while also being educated.
“A lot of people think we just attend fires and car crashes so it’s good to show the public what we can do.”
Insp Richard Field, said “I was blown away with the community support, who came out in there numbers to visit our joint blue light centre.
“We have a great relationship with our community safety partners who showcased there vehicles, equipment and provided a number of educational displays.
“There is nothing better than seeing families and visitors enjoying the activities and our station.
“I am proud to work here in Bromsgrove and we are already planning for next year’s open day”