Kent Fire and Rescue Service organise online fire station open day for Thursday, May 28

Budding young firefighters can tour a station and see inside an engine when a fire station open day takes place this week - all online.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service is organising a virtual open day to coincide with the half term holiday after the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of all events where families could be welcomed in person.

Fire station open days have had to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak
Fire station open days have had to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak

The first ever online station open day is taking place on Thursday (May 28) and videos and clips will be posted throughout the day to keep children entertained.

It takes place between 11am and 2pm.

Families are being encouraged to tune in to the KFRS Facebook page on mobile phones, tablets and laptops to experience everything that a regular open day would have to offer - but this time from the comfort of home.

There will be demonstrations, tours, shows and educational videos that the whole family will be able to enjoy, say organisers.

Firefighters from Sittingbourne's station, the KFRS education team, 999 control operators and mascot Woody will all make an appearance throughout the event.

Woody the mascot
Woody the mascot

There will also be an online activity trail with the open day videos and safety questions, that families can fill out at home and enter once completed to be in with a chance of winning a tour of their local fire station, once all restrictions related to the coronavirus outbreak can be lifted.

Ann Millington, CEO of KFRS, said: “We know there’s a lot going on in the world right now, but learning vital fire safety advice is still incredibly important- especially with more people at home during this time cooking, using electricals, and having barbecues.”

To follow the virtual open day, tune in from 11am on Thursday, May 28 through the KFRS facebook page by clicking here.

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