STAFFORDSHIRE Fire and Rescue Service is welcoming everyone to its bi-yearly Family Day.
The service will be holding the event at Fire Service Headquarters in Pirehill, Stone, on Saturday, September 22, between 11am and 3pm.
The event will include live road traffic collision rescue exercises, real firefighting and sprinkler demonstrations. The site will be full of emergency vehicles for the community to see such as fire engines, including the new state of the art Rosenbauer appliance, the Aerial Ladder Platform, police vehicles, blood bikes and the Unimog which is used to tackle grass fires.
There will be activities which promise to be fun for the whole family including a, chance to sit on the fire engine, face painting, a mini Land Rover ride, a tour of the Fire House, the Safe and Sound Hub, children’s games, a treasure hunt and tombola. Alpacas, owls and police dogs will also be on the site.
Visitors will also get a chance to meet Wele, the Service’s mascot, and can enter a competition to win a picnic with him. Anyone who is not already a member of the Welephant Club can sign up on the day.
All proceeds from the day with go to The Fire Fighters Charity which supports ill and injured fire service personnel and the Memorial Garden Fund.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Rob Barber said: “We are extremely excited to be welcoming members of the community we serve to our headquarters for the Family Day, which promises to be a fun filled day with lots of fun and exciting things to see.
“We really value these opportunities to interact with the public and give them a chance to see what we do, as well as sharing valuable fire safety information for everyone.
“Without the continued support of our communities we would not be able to continue the work we do to achieve our ultimate aim, to make Staffordshire the safest place to be.
“I and the rest of the Service are really looking forward to seeing you there.”
The event is free for everyone with parking provided on site. Visitors can enjoy a barbecue and ice creams along with other food that will be available to buy on the day.
More information on Family Day and other events being held by the Service can be found by visiting www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or by following the Service’s Twitter and Facebook pages.