Fun for all at Hitchin Fire Station open day

PUBLISHED: 16:57 11 June 2018

Thomas Dabrowski, five, at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: CALLUM ALLCOCK-GREEN

Thomas Dabrowski, five, at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: CALLUM ALLCOCK-GREEN

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Young and old alike enjoyed getting together with emergency service heroes in Hitchin at the weekend – with about £1,000 raised for good causes.

Mathew and Oscar Malone, two, at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: CALLUM ALLCOCK-GREENMathew and Oscar Malone, two, at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: CALLUM ALLCOCK-GREEN

Hitchin Fire Station’s annual open day on Saturday was very well attended, with fire, police and Royal Army Medical Corps vehicles on hand – and the teddy bear parachute jump, which was as popular as ever.

Youngsters enjoyed trying on firefighters’ helmets and having a go with the firefighters’ cutting equipment, and there were the usual fairground rides, slides and more too.

A police car at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: CALLUM ALLCOCK-GREENA police car at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: CALLUM ALLCOCK-GREEN

An operational call at 9.30am meant the crews were out until 1.30pm – an hour and a half after the fun started – but Watch Commander Mark Burgess told the Comet that those left at the station in Newtons Way “held the fort admirably”.

Mark added that about £1,000 had been raised for the Fire Fighters Charity and mental health charity Mind.

Visitors to the Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: CALLUM ALLCOCK-GREENVisitors to the Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: CALLUM ALLCOCK-GREEN

Finley Goodliffe, three, has a go with the cutting equipment at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: CALLUM ALLCOCK-GREENFinley Goodliffe, three, has a go with the cutting equipment at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: CALLUM ALLCOCK-GREEN

Thomas Pope, eight, has a go with the cutting equipment at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: CALLUM ALLCOCK-GREENThomas Pope, eight, has a go with the cutting equipment at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: CALLUM ALLCOCK-GREEN

Joel Baines, two, sits in his grandad David Tinney's lap in an ambulance at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: CALLUM ALLCOCK-GREENJoel Baines, two, sits in his grandad David Tinney's lap in an ambulance at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: CALLUM ALLCOCK-GREEN

Cameron Cox, five, sits in a police car at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: CALLUM ALLCOCK-GREENCameron Cox, five, sits in a police car at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: CALLUM ALLCOCK-GREEN

Visitors enjoy the Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: CALLUM ALLCOCK-GREENVisitors enjoy the Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: CALLUM ALLCOCK-GREEN

Billy Wells, two, sits in a fire engine at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: CALLUM ALLCOCK-GREENBilly Wells, two, sits in a fire engine at Hitchin Fire Station Open Day. Picture: CALLUM ALLCOCK-GREEN

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