ALL hell broke loose in Midhurst with damsels in distress stuck up towers, chip pan fires and road traffic accidents.
But the town’s firefighters had it all under control as part of their station open day. More than 350 people turned out to meet their firefighters, marvel at the demonstrations and try the kit on for size.
“It was a really great turn-out,” said station manager Nigel Gamblin.
“We ran it throughout the afternoon, so people were coming in and out all day - and the weather certainly helped.
“Our whole crew of 16 was there to get involved and do demonstrations, with their wives, children, and families also helping out.
“The aim was to have a fun day for the community and we had a really good response, with lots of families coming along and having a go at all the different activities.”
Children stood in awe as firefighters donned their kit and staged mock-rescues of people stranded atop the tower, putting out chip pan fires and doing road traffic accident exercises.
Another aim of the day was for potential crew members to go along and meet the team and find out more about becoming a retained firefighter.
“We want to spread the word that we are looking or more people to join us,” said Nigel.
“Five people have already showed an interest and it is an ongoing process, so we are always looking for more people to come forward.”
Midhurst fire station holds a drill night every Monday from 7pm-9pm and anyone is welcome to go along.
Retained firefighters receive regular training in firefighting, rescue and extrication techniques equipping them with the skills to deal with fires, road traffic accidents and a wide range of other emergencies, enabling them to save lives in their community.
Nigel added: “We would all like to thank members of the public for the brilliant response we had.”