Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service Press Release

Gloucester South & SkillZONE open day

Vintage fire engines will stand side by side with modern appliances for an open day at Gloucester South Community Fire Station and SkillZONE on Saturday 14th September from 10am to 4pm.

Local people will be able to learn more about the job done by today's fire and rescue crews with a smoke house and fire fighter 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, alongside vehicles including special rescue and aerial appliances.

For children there will be a bouncy castle, go-karts, City Farm and live music. Refreshments will also be available to buy.

For a suggested donation of £1 (under 5s free), visitors can book a tour of the SkillZONE village and find out how this exciting new venue is helping to create safer, healthier communities. Numbers are restricted so booking is essential - you need to book in person at the SkillZONE desk on arrival.

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 learn more about fire safety and to have some fun at the same time."

Gloucester South and SkillZONE are based at Tuffley Lane, Gloucester, GL4 0AS.

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Issued by:Hayley Clemmens, Gloucestershire County Council media team, 01452 425226

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11th September 2013