South Shields fire station to hold open day

Hebburn fire station fun day.
Hebburn fire station fun day.

South Shields fire station is gearing up to open its doors to host its biannual family fun day.

Every other year, the building in John Reid Road, in South Shields, invites residents in to meet firefighters and find out more about the service.

Open days like this are a chance to spread our fire safety messages

Steve Malley

The event aims to promote fire safety as well as highlight the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home.

Visitors will also get the chance to see firefighters in action as they demonstrate rope rescue techniques and how they deal with road traffic collisions.

Young firefighters will also be showcasing their firefighting skills.

Station manager Steve Malley said: “People know that the fire and rescue service puts out fires and attends road traffic collisions, but there’s so much more work that we do to help create the safest community.

“More and more time is spent working with the community on fire safety initiatives to protect our most vulnerable residents and their homes from fire; carrying out home fire safety checks where we give occupants advice on preventing fires in the home, helping them to develop a fire escape plan and fitting free smoke detectors.

“Keeping the community safe drives the work of everyone in Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service,

“Open days like this are a chance for us to spread our fire safety messages and help people find out how to keep themselves and their families safe from fire.”

On the day, visitors will be able to sign up for a free home safety check to advise them on how to minimise the risk of fires in the home.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority member Coun Joanne Bell said: “I would encourage everyone to come to the open day. Not only is it a great family day out, but it’s an opportunity to find out more about your local fire and rescue service.

“It is a vital part of the local community and provides us with a first-class service.”

The open day, which alternates between South Shields and Hebburn stations, will take place on Saturday, August 29 at 11am until 3pm. Entry is free.