FIREfighters blazed a trail of fun when they staged a family day.
More than 800 people packed Hebburn Fire Station at the weekend for a behind-the-scenes look.
Visitors were able to see firefighters in action during a series of rescue demonstrations.
Youngsters enjoyed trampolines, a bouncy castle, face painting and the chance to see some creepy crawlies and small animals.
Fire engines were also available for kids to climb on board.
The event was aimed at showing people the services firefighters provide, but also helped spread the fire safety message and was supported by the borough’s Young Firefighters. The day was attended by Coun Joanne Bell, South Tyneside’s representative on the fire authority, and Coun Tom Wright chairman of the fire authority.
Both hailed the event a “success” with Coun Wright saying the day set the bar for the rest of the brigade.
Watch manager Ray Houghton, said: “It was an absolutely fantastic day with a great turnout.
“Our station is a key part of the community and by hosting open days like this, it gives people the chance to find out more about what we do.
“It’s also a great opportunity for us to be able to spread fire safety messages and remind people to have working smoke alarms in their homes.”