Fun for all at fire service’s Stevenage open day

PUBLISHED: 09:44 17 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:45 17 April 2018

A young boy has a go at hitting fire targets with a fireman's hose at the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Longfield Open Day. Picture: DANNY LOO

A young boy has a go at hitting fire targets with a fireman's hose at the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Longfield Open Day. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Young and old had a blast as Stevenage’s firefighters opened the doors at the weekend for an open day.

at the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Longfield Open Day. Picture: DANNY LOOat the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Longfield Open Day. Picture: DANNY LOO

The free family-orientated event on Saturday at the fire and rescue service’s Longfield training centre, off Hitchin Road, featured the teddy bear parachute drop and more.

There were also fire demonstrations, an air ambulance, superheroes, a barbecue and bouncy castles.

People watching a chip pan fire demonstration at the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Longfield Open Day. Picture: DANNY LOOPeople watching a chip pan fire demonstration at the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Longfield Open Day. Picture: DANNY LOO

The day raised funds to support people in the fire and rescue community when they are in need, with proceeds also donated to help children and families affected by genetic blindness.

New Stevenage football boss Dino Maamria had been set to come to the event with members of the first-team squad ahead of Saturday’s home game against Cambridge United, but due to unforeseen circumstances they had to stay away.

People waiting to sit in a fire engine at the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Longfield Open Day. Picture: DANNY LOOPeople waiting to sit in a fire engine at the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Longfield Open Day. Picture: DANNY LOO

Veteran goalkeeper and fan favourite Chris Day still popped in during the morning to join the fun, and happily presented Reqs the Fire Dog with a new tennis ball.

Eleanor Currington, four, and Oliver Offer, three, sit in a fire engine at the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Longfield Open Day. Picture: DANNY LOOEleanor Currington, four, and Oliver Offer, three, sit in a fire engine at the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Longfield Open Day. Picture: DANNY LOO

at the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Longfield Open Day. Picture: DANNY LOOat the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Longfield Open Day. Picture: DANNY LOO

Thomas Evans, three, at the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Longfield Open Day. Picture: DANNY LOOThomas Evans, three, at the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Longfield Open Day. Picture: DANNY LOO

Katy, 10, and Thomas Howarth, six, at the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Longfield Open Day. Picture: DANNY LOOKaty, 10, and Thomas Howarth, six, at the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Longfield Open Day. Picture: DANNY LOO

Thomas Evans, three, at the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Longfield Open Day. Picture: DANNY LOOThomas Evans, three, at the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Longfield Open Day. Picture: DANNY LOO

A teddy bear parachutes down from a high platform to the waiting owners at the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Longfield Open Day. Picture: DANNY LOOA teddy bear parachutes down from a high platform to the waiting owners at the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Longfield Open Day. Picture: DANNY LOO

A teddy bear parachutes down from a high platform to the waiting owners at the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Longfield Open Day. Picture: DANNY LOOA teddy bear parachutes down from a high platform to the waiting owners at the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Longfield Open Day. Picture: DANNY LOO

A teddy bear parachutes down from a high platform to the waiting owners at the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Longfield Open Day. Picture: DANNY LOOA teddy bear parachutes down from a high platform to the waiting owners at the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Longfield Open Day. Picture: DANNY LOO

A teddy bear parachutes down from a high platform at the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Longfield Open Day. Picture: DANNY LOOA teddy bear parachutes down from a high platform at the Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Longfield Open Day. Picture: DANNY LOO

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