Fire Brigade to host holiday fun day

James Dunkerley at last years event

CLEVELAND Fire Brigade will be opening its doors for an action packed day of fun for all the family during the school half term holidays (Thursday 7 June).


The free event, between 11am and 4pm, takes place at the Brigade’s Learning & Development Centre, Church Lane/Trunk Road, Grangetown, Middlesbrough.


A whole host of demonstrations and activities will be on offer throughout the day as well as advice and information on how to stay safe.


Firefighters will demonstrate how they free motorists following a road traffic accident, rescue people from buildings, as well as showing specialist skills to rescue people using line rescue and hydraulic platforms. The Fire Boat from Thornaby Fire Station will be on display and visitors will be able to wear a breathing apparatus mask.


Fun will very much be the order of the day as youngsters will get the chance to spray water from a firefighters hose. Other activities include games, sports, Indian head massage and face painting.


Cleveland Police’s Crime Prevention Unit will also be present on the day while free fruit will be available, courtesy of Tesco. Times for the main demonstrations are as follows:


12pm     House Fire Demonstration


1pm       Rope rescue from Height


2pm       RTC (Road Traffic Collision) Demonstration


3pm       Hydraulic Platform rescue from height


Centre Manager Alan Brown said: “We held a similar event last year which attracted over 1,500 visitors and we are hoping for a good turnout again this year.


“We have an excellent programme of activities to suit all ages and it should be a bumper day. It is also a great opportunity for us to reach out to the local community and get our key messages across on how they can stay safe by following some simple tips and advice.”


Raffle prizes for the day have been donated by Pets at Home, Middlesbrough and Tesco Distribution Centre, Teesport.


To view video footage and photographs of last year’s event visit