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North-east fire station to open its doors to the public

Maurice Dodd and the old fire engine at last year's open day
Maurice Dodd and the old fire engine at last year's open day

An Aberdeenshire fire station is hoping to ignite interest among the public when it stages an open day next week.

The event, at Ellon station on Saturday, May 28, from 1.15-4pm, is free to attend and will feature a number of emergency services vehicles, practical demonstrations and community safety advice.

Station manager, Willie Chisholm, of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) said: “This is sure to be a great family day out that is not to be missed.

“Vehicles from Police Scotland, the Scottish Ambulance Service and SFRS will be on display and visitors will be able to see the huge range of equipment carried on board each appliance, which allows all of our emergency services colleagues to deal with any 999 emergency.

“Throughout the day, the fire service crew will be running a series of demonstrations using pumps, ladders and hydraulic rescue equipment to give a taste of what we do.

“We also have a variety of stalls, including face painting, bouncy castle and tombola.”

The Ellon-based staff will also raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity who help to enhance the quality of life for serving and retired firefighters and their families.

SFRS community staff will also be on hand to give advice about fire safety, answer questions and arrange free home fire safety visits.

For more information on The Fire Fighters Charity, please visit

http://www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/

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