Ready, teddy: Go! for the brilliant Hitchin fire station open day on Saturday

Hitchin Fire Station is having an open day on Saturday.

Hitchin Fire Station is having an open day on Saturday. - Credit: Archant

A much-loved Hitchin annual event is coming up this weekend – with the first question being: ‘have you got your teddy bears ready?’

Hitchin Fire Station Open Day

Hitchin Fire Station Open Day - Credit: Archant

The Hitchin Fire Station Open Day is due to be held on Saturday afternoon between 12pm and 3pm at their site on Newtons Way.

The occasion gives people the chance to visit the station and see teddy bears parachuting from an aerial ladder platform – so if you’re a youngster who wants to see your teddy fly – then bring your own bear along.

There are also the usual favourites including squirting water from a fire hose, as well as using cutting gear, and of course demonstrations of chip pan fires – all in aid of three great charities including Autism Life Dogs, Letchworth’s Garden House Hospice Care and The Fire Fighters Chairty.

Watch comander Mark ‘Bugde’ Burgess explained the reasons behind their splendid choices, telling the Comet: “As a community fire station we are keen to help local charities such as the Garden House Hospice.

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“We chose the Autism Life Dogs charity as the fire station is also used by the ambulance service and one of their crew has close links to the charity and has experience of how autism dog therapy can be life changing.

“Needless to say we also try to raise money and awareness for the firefighters charity whenever we can as ultimately this charity will help us in the event of injury.”

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Refreshments are available – and don’t forget to bring your teddy and help aid three worthy causes!

For more information visit the Herts County Council website and search Herts Fire Safety. You can also catch up with what the brave fire girls and boys are up to by following them on Twitter @HitchinFire1.

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