Crawley firefighters put on BBQ for families

Crawley firefighters' community information day and barbecue - picture submitted
Crawley firefighters' community information day and barbecue - picture submitted

Summer safety will be on the menu alongside the bangers and burgers when firefighters invite local residents to join them for a BBQ in Crawley on Friday (August 7).

The event, which is running from 11am until 3pm in Tilgate Park, will be a great opportunity for local residents to grab some free grub while chatting informally to their local fire crew about enjoying the summer safely.

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 or bonfires have got out of control.

Crawley firefighters will be joined on the day by South East Coast Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) who will be chatting about water safety, Sussex Police who will be offering free bike marking and a range of other partner organisations offering advice and support.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service’s Information Bus, Community Volunteers and a crashed car display will also be in the park so that people can access a host of interactive information on staying safe at home and on the roads.

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.”

“Unfortunately, a moment of thoughtlessness can put people’s lives, properties or wildlife at risk. We hope that by hosting this BBQ we’ll encourage lots of people to stop and chat with us and we can help everyone enjoy their summer safely.”

For summer safety advice visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire or follow @WestSussexFire on Twitter.