As Little M continues to be a fanatical Fireman Sam fan, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to go and visit an actual fire station… and i have to confess that Mrs M and myself were possibly more excited than little M!
After last weeks ‘999 Emergency Services Show‘ At Clumber Park, I was unsure what to expect at a local fire station, so was pleasantly surprised to see so much activity crammed into the carpark of Garforth Fire Station.
Arriving just as the doors opened, M first saw a little fire engine which was taking passengers on a short loop around some old cars which were to be used at a later demonstration. For a £1 donation, Little M was treated to a couple of circuits. I spent the time hoping that one of the crew had been promised an opportunity to drive a fire engine for the first time and for a whole day, before being presented with the dinky toy.
We then got our first experience inside a fire station. It turns out it is really a garage, but does have a pole which is what i had spent the previous night wondering. The upstairs area has draught beer (but not available at todays event) and was filled with cake stalls, tombola, book and games stall. All of which were really good value and great quality.
As a family morning activity, we didnt get to see the full day’s activities, but we did see the firemen test the boundaries of the burning pan demonstration, which entertainingly added another two metres to the cordon.
The main morning feature was the extraction of a driver from a car which was fascinating and had Little M mesmerised. We couldn’t quite hear the talk through, but it was clear what was happening and was something important to watch just incase anything did happen with Little M and the emergency services were required.
There was also a bouncy castle, burger bar, snack bar, ice cream man and with all the appliances and activity, always something to watch. However, the biggest factor on whether these events are a success is the contribution from the firemen and they didn’t disappoint. It was clear they wanted to put on a great show and didn’t disapoint. Communicating important messages whilst also capturing the imagination of children and adults. Hopefully these kind of events will be great memories for Little M whilst also an opportunity to learn and be inspired.
Everyone Loves Firemen & Fire Engines
I can’t think of many other brands who appeal to all age groups, but the Fire service have got it covered. Girls swoon at them, children want to be them and blokes love big fire engines and probably still want to be them!
The Garforth Fire Station Open day had a brilliant family atmosphere and was put together properly with great entertainment, activities and good quality competitions for everyone.
A great morning activity to inspire and educate the whole family.