Dogsthorpe fire station to hold popular open day this summer

Dogsthorpe Fire Station in Peterborough is opening its doors this summer for its third open day – described as a ‘packed, family fun day out.’

The station, in Dogsthorpe Road, will welcome the public in on Saturday July 8 between 11.30am and 3.30pm.

Fun activities include dunk-the-firefighter, a coconut shy, face painting and a hose reel challenge where people can use a hose reel to extinguish flames in a simulated house. There will also be tours of the smoke house, using thermal imaging cameras to recreate what it is like to enter a building in the pitch black.

The duty watch will perform a drill in the yard around 1.30pm, with demonstrations of a chip pan fire being given on the hour in a cordoned off section of the yard.

A Multistar fire engine will also be on display with its 31-metre ladder used to access buildings and other structures at height. Members of the public will also be able to sit in a fire engine and try out the blue light simulator where video images of a crew responding to a call are projected onto a screen to recreate what it is like to ride a fire engine to an emergency incident.

Also Vivien, a 1932 Vintage Fire Engine, maintained by the Vivien Fire Engine Trust will be on display along with Dennis Rolls, a vintage petrol engine from the Peterborough Volunteers Fire Brigade.

The Victims Support Unit will be attending along with Cambridgeshire Constabulary and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), an NHS ambulance service that provides medical care to patients in hazardous environments.

Food and drink will also be available on the day with teas, coffees, a hot dog stall, light refreshments and a BBQ.

Firefighter Phil Gould, the organiser of the event, said: “This will be our third open day and it is always packed. People come from everywhere to attend and we get a lot of support. The open day is ideal for a family fun day out.”

Last year’s open day raised around £2,600 for various charities. This year’s fundraiser is set to benefit The Fire Fighters Charity and a local charity yet to be decided.