For all those who've ever dreamt of being a firefighter, Hereford Fire Station is making that dream come true! On Saturday, 23 September, the St Owen Street station is throwing open its doors for an open day, promising a day of fun, learning, and adventure.

From 10am to 4pm, children and adults can immerse themselves in the world of firefighting. Young enthusiasts can hop onto fire engine rides and even test their mettle with water squirting challenges. The event aims to replicate the success of the previous year, which saw thousands of visitors.

Watch Commander Rob Purdie expressed his excitement for the day, stating, “It’s a chance for us to meet the community and give them an insight into what we do on a day-to-day basis. Young budding firefighters will be able to live the life of a firefighter for the day.” He further added, “We can let them know about everything we can offer here, including Home Fire Safety Visits.”

Visitors can look forward to a range of demonstrations, including a thrilling rescue display featuring the aerial ladder platform – one of only two across the Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service. The day will also shine a spotlight on the vital work of a blood bike, which offers rapid response medical transport services to the NHS.

In addition to the fun activities, the HWFRS prevention team will be on hand to share crucial fire safety advice. Those interested in joining the service can also gather information about on-call recruitment.

West Mercia Police will also be present, ensuring a comprehensive insight into the world of emergency services.

For those feeling peckish, food and refreshments will be available. While the event is free, visitors are encouraged to make donations to The Fire Fighters Charity.

The station, home to a combination of wholetime and on-call firefighters, is equipped with three fire engines, an ultra-heavy rescue appliance, the aerial ladder platform, and a water rescue vehicle. This impressive fleet ensures that the team is always ready to tackle any fire or rescue-related incidents in both the Hereford area and across the two counties.

So, mark your calendars for a day of excitement, learning, and community spirit. Entry is free, as is any fire safety advice. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity!