“Ruchi Mayfield arranged the visit and we met four of the Firemen based at the station: Adam, Ian, Jose and Ricky.” says helper Catherine Nice.
“Ian demonstrated the protective clothing, breathing apparatus and safety gear the Fireman wear when tackling a fire. The clothes and equipment are really quite cumbersome so it takes them a whole to get used to them and they get very hot! A Fire Engine with all the equipment costs about £300,000. As Jose says, that has to be one of the most expensive company cars around!”
The Beavers learnt that it isn’t easy driving a huge fire engine and it takes weeks of intensive driving practise and asked a lot of questions and were fascinated by fire hydrants
“They are now checking out where the nearest one is on their street!” adds Catherine, ” A brilliant time was had by all.”
Top: William Nice is reluctant to give Ian his helmet back
Ricky shows the apparatus on the Fire Engine carried for fire fighting and cutting people out of cars
Ian demonstrates the clothing in the dark
Jan 2015: Blind dog and the Beavers