Tynemouth Firestation Throws Open its Doors for Community Event

Date08 August 2018

 Local residents are invited to a fun-packed day and the chance to find out more about their Fire and Rescue Service as well as meeting firefighters when Tynemouth Community Fire Station throws open its doors.

The event will be opened by The Worshipful, the Mayor of North Tyneside, Councillor  Norma Redfearn on Saturday, 11 August from 11am to 3pm. Entry to the event is free. 

Firefighters will be on hand to give fire safety advice to visitors, discuss the importance of having working smoke alarms, how to plan an escape route in case of fire, keeping safe in the kitchen while cooking and how to avoid electrical fires. There will also be operational drills and demonstrations highlighting the dangers of chip pans.

There will be opportunities to sample the atmosphere of the station, look around the fire appliances and see how the specialist equipment works.

Station Manager Jeff Boath, explained why the open days are an important feature in the Service's calendar.

He said: "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 family safe from fire.

“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 occupiers advice on preventing fires in the home, helping them to develop a fire escape plan and fitting free smoke detectors."