Crawley families meet real life heroes at BBQ

Firefighters' BBQ safety Tilgate Park event. Firefighter Tim Schwaiger hands out burgers. Pic Steve Robards. SR1517692 SUS-151008-124206001

Firefighters' BBQ safety Tilgate Park event. Firefighter Tim Schwaiger hands out burgers. Pic Steve Robards. SR1517692 SUS-151008-124206001

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Crawley firefighters served up a barbecue to the community on Friday (August 7) as emergency service shared summer safety tips.

The sun came out for the event in Tilgate Park where families enjoyed meeting fire crews, paramedics and police officers.

Firefighters' BBQ safety Tilgate Park event. Pic Steve Robards. SR1517698 SUS-151008-124219001

Firefighters' BBQ safety Tilgate Park event. Pic Steve Robards. SR1517698 SUS-151008-124219001

During the summer months dry ground and vegetation increases the risk of a fire in the open igniting or spreading out of control. Each year West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is called to extinguish dozens of blazes where disposable BBQs or cigarettes have not been properly extinguished.

Crawley firefighter Tim Taylor, who has organised the event, said: “It’s easy to be complacent about the risks the warm weather brings so we are always trying to find effective ways to engage with our local community. We’re extremely grateful to Tesco Supermarket for kindly donating the food for the event.”

Other highlights included South East Coast Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) giving advice about water safety and Sussex Police were there offering free bicycle marking.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s Information Bus and a crashed car display were also there for people to learn more about staying safe at home and on the roads.

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