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Fire station open day proves a big success

PUBLISHED: 10:55 21 June 2016 | UPDATED: 10:55 21 June 2016

(L-R) Bromley station manager Peter Curtin, Bromley borough commander Daniel Cartwright, Bob Neill (MP), Bromley Blue Watch members

(L-R) Bromley station manager Peter Curtin, Bromley borough commander Daniel Cartwright, Bob Neill (MP), Bromley Blue Watch members

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The event featured information and activities for children

An open day at Bromley Fire Station to mark the London Fire Brigade’s 150th anniversary proved to be a big success.

On Saturday (June 18), the fire station opened its doors to the public to give residents the chance to find out about its history and learn about fire safety.

Station manager Peter Curtin said: “We had between five and six hundred people come through in the end, which was a higher turnout than we expected because me mainly have shops around us.

“It was quite well publicised. We sent information to local schools and community groups, and promoted it on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

“The event was sponsored by Playmobil, so there was a play area with fire stations and a helicopter.

“We had a face painter, who was busy from 12 o’clock to when we finished at four, and there was a community fire safety table.

“Outside in the yard we had two fire engines set up that the children could sit in and a couple of hoses out for children to fire the water out of.

“Our fire investigation dog Sherlock was there and the children were really pleased to see him.

“I was getting feedback from members of the public who said they didn’t know where the fire station was and that is was so close by.

“They said the children really enjoyed it.

“It also helped us to get the message across about fire safety.”

The fire brigade visits homes and carries out free checks to assess them and offer residents advice on how to make properties safer, and it will fit smoke alarms where appropriate.

Mr Curtin added that the event provided a good platform to raise awareness of these visits, and he hoped they would receive more referrals.

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