Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service Press Release

Two hundred years of firefighting history sparks open day celebration

Cheltenham West Community Fire Station

Vintage fire engines will stand side by side with modern appliances for an open day at Cheltenham West Community Fire Station on Saturday 7th September from 12pm to 4pm.

Families can attend the station for free and take in the history of professional firefighting in the Cheltenham area - 200 years after the service came into being.

Alongside the vintage engines there will be a photographic display of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service's past in the town.

Local people will also be able to learn more about the job done by today's fire and safety crews, with a smoke house and fire demonstrations on the day.

Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service's own hovercraft, which is designed to deal with large-scale water-incidents such as the 2007 floods, will be on display.

And for children there will be a bouncy castle and go-karts. Refreshments will be available to buy.

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for communities, said: "The fire service has changed significantly over the years, but its role remains the same - that of protecting residents and saving lives."

"This is a great chance to see first-hand the changes that have been made, learn more about fire safety and to have some fun at the same time."

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

The full address of the fire station is Tewkesbury Road, Uckington, Cheltenham, GL5 4JT.

Issued by: Keith Coles, Gloucestershire County Council media team, 01452 425391

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4th September 2013