There was family fun at Crawley Fire Station on Saturday (August 22) as the fire crews hosted their summer open day there.
West Sussex Fire and Rescue once again opened its doors of the station in Ifield Avenue where they gave demonstrations of firefighting.
There were also road traffic collision displays highlighting the importance of safety on the roads and Sussex Police were there with their police dog handler showing the crowds some tricks.
The station remained on call and spirits were not dampened as some crews were called to the Shoreham Airshow plane crash major incident at around lunchtime.
A WSFRS spokesman said: “It was fantastic to see so many people at the Open Day and thank you to those who came along. It was an opportunity for our service and our partners to meet people in an informal setting and to present some of our most important safety messages in an engaging and interactive way.
“Obviously, the day was overshadowed by the tragic events that occurred in Shoreham during the afternoon.
“Naturally, our immediate thoughts turned to those members of the public caught up in the incident and our 999 colleagues. Subsequently, fire engines and crews from Crawley were part of the mobilising response to maintain fire cover across the county.”
While colleagues responded to the emergency the public to get some safety tips from fire crews, police and South East Coast Ambulance Service partners.
Meanwhile children had their chance to sit in the driving seat of a real fire engine and get a rare chance to see some of the service’s modern and vintage firefighting equipment up close.
It was a true community event with charity stalls, a bouncy castle, beat the goalie game and well as refreshments being served.
The day was the latest in a series of summer events run by the Crawley fire crews. Earlier this month they held a barbecue in Tilgate Park raising awareness of the increased risk of fire over summer.
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