Sunderland fire station hosts open day

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PEOPLE are getting the opportunity to find out more about their fire and rescue service at special open days this summer.

Sunderland Central Community Fire Station in Railway Row, Millfield, Sunderland, will throw open its doors to residents on Sunday, August 4 from 11am to 3pm for a day of fun and information.

The event, organised by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, will be opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland, Councillors Robert and Juliana Heron.

Entertainment will include fun-fair rides, a penalty shootout, face painting, raffle and stalls.

Entry is free, and there is free parking available at the university nearby.

Firefighters will be on hand to give safety advice to visitors about the importance of having working smoke alarms, how to plan an escape route in case of a blaze, keeping safe in the kitchen while cooking and how to avoid electrical fires.

District officer John Hall, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service manager for Sunderland, said: “People often think they can’t come into a fire station, but we are at the heart of the local community and we welcome residents in and invite them to use the community rooms.”

He added: “Open days like this are a chance for us to spread our fire safety messages.”