Nailsea Emergency Service Family throws open its doors to the public

Nailsea Fire, Police and Ambulance Station will be throwing its doors open to the public on this Sunday (29/09) and promises something for everyone. 

From 10am to 4pm there will be fun for all the family with a range of activities and demonstrations at the station on Pound Lane.

Firefighters from Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) will be taking part in several displays, including road traffic collision and composite drills, along with showcasing the High Volume Pump which is used to tackle country’s major flooding incidents, including the recent flooding in Whaley Bridge.

They will also be on hand to show off some of the fire engines and rescue equipment, along with answering any questions around fire and community safety.

There will be several activities that visitors can try, such as badge making, the throw bag challenge, hose running and casualty drags, helping to show what goes into being a firefighter.

For those wishing to get more involved as an On-Call firefighter, there will be the opportunity to talk about AF&RS’ ‘Yes You Can’ campaign and do some community defibrillator training.

Darren Clasper, a firefighter at Nailsea fire station, said: “This is a great way for the community to discover more about their local fire station, learn about some of the work that we undertake and also get more involved with being a role model in their community.

"Members of the public will also get the opportunity to meet some of the hardworking on-call firefighters, police and ambulance who provide round the clock cover to help keep the local community safe.

“On-Call firefighters provide a lifesaving service to the community and can work flexibly around work and family commitments. It’s a great role and we would love for anyone interested in being a role model in the local community to come forward and have a chat.

"Last year was an amazing day with hundreds of people coming along and we would like to make this year even better. So why not come along, meet the team, and have a look at what goes into making Avon Fire & Rescue Service amazing.”

Local police will also be at the open day hosting a number of free activities and demonstrating their public order team, including petrol bomb demonstrations.

Kids can meet the dogs or try a fingerprint activity with the cadets, while free bike marking will be available for cyclists and the Special Constabulary will on hand to talk about volunteering.

Julie Berchall, a Nailsea PCSO for Avon and Somerset Police, said: "This is a great opportunity to meet your local policing team and see how the emergency services work together.

"Engaging with the community is a really important role for our local police teams and we aim to speak with residents at every opportunity.

"There will be something for everyone on the day, from displays to our working animals to community safety, so come along and say hello."

South Western Ambulance crews will also be around on the day with a number of vehicles on display and Community First Responders will be giving CPR demonstrations throughout the day.

Paul Clarke, Operations Officer and Paramedic with South Western Ambulance Service, added: “We will have a number of ambulance vehicles on display for members of the public to come and look around.

“This will also be a good opportunity to come and talk with our staff about the ambulance service and what we do as well as finding out about careers in the ambulance service.

“Members of our Hazardous Area Response Team will also be there along with their specialist equipment and vehicles and our Community First Responders will be giving CPR demonstrations which will be a great opportunity for members of the public to have a go and see how they can help save a life.

“This should be a great day following on from the success of last year’s open day.”

There is limited parking available on the station for Blue Badge holders, but other parking is available at Clevedon Road car park.

For more about being an On-Call Firefighter and to sign up for updates, please visit https://yesyoucan.careers/on-call-firefighter