Littlehampton firefighters welcomed people of all ages to watch them in action and learn more about their roles.
There were road traffic collision demonstrations, chip fan fire displays and high-level rescue demonstrations, watched by people of all ages at Littlehampton Fire Station’s annual open day on Saturday.
Littlehampton mayor Billy Blanchard-Cooper cut the ribbon to officially open the event and stayed around to chat to visitors.
Mr Blanchard-Cooper said: “Following the recent fire in Worthing which demonstrated the remarkable work done by our emergency services, I was honoured to be invited to open the Littlehampton Fire Station open day.
“This event gave people a chance to have a sneak peek behind the scenes of the fire station, find out more about the role of a firefighter, and pick up some valuable fire and road safety tips.
“Prevention is much better than cure, however we are fortunate to have our firefighters and all our emergency services in case the worst happens.”
People benefited from free fire and road safety advice, tours of the fire station and a display of various vintage appliances.
Gordon Leggett, 80, who was the first driver of the famous Littlehampton ‘yellow peril’, was delighted to be able to get back in the driver’s seat.
He was in his element sitting behind the wheel, bringing back happy memories of his time on the job more than 40 years ago.
The 1972 Dennis fire engine was rescued from a scrap yard and restored by Littlehampton firefighters some years ago.
Firepup, the mascot of the National Fire Safety Council had lots of fun meeting all the children at the open day.
A spokesperson for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: “We had a fantastic open day at Littlehampton Fire Station which was well attended by the local community, including mayor Billy Blanchard-Cooper.
“Events throughout the day included chip pan demonstrations, rescues from the tower and road traffic extrication demonstrations.
“Fire service volunteers were also on hand, offering fire safety advice, along with the RNLI, and £540 was raised for The Fire Fighters Charity. We were also pleased to welcome Chestnut Tree House hospice, which was also fundraising.”