AS the heavens opened up so did the doors of Ramsbottom
Fire Station to welcome local residents who turned out in droves to
support the station's annual Open Day, last
Despite the pouring rain the day was a huge success as people
turned up to meet and chat to their local firefighters about fire
safety and enjoy the many activities on offer.
A range of indoor stalls and a bouncy castle were among the
attractions that helped to keep all the family entertained and dry
during the downpours, along with a spectacular demonstration of
firefighters using cutting equipment to rescue a 'casualty', in a
mock-up of a road traffic collision.
Although the day was not billed as a charity event, an
impressive Â£420 was raised through selling children's fire helmets,
a bouncy castle, tombola and the generosity of stallholders
including the Women's Institute and a local burger seller.
The monies raised from the day will be equally divided between
three charities - the Fire Fighters Charity, the Children's Burns
Foundation and the Ramsbottom Community Fire Cadets.
Station Manager Dave Fraser-Jones said he was overwhelmed by the
turnout and the generosity of the local people: "I would like to
say a huge thank you to all those who attended. The community
really got behind the event and engaged with the firefighters
throughout the day.
"Open days help to foster a stronger relationship between us and
the local community, and are an excellent opportunity to pass on
fire safety information, as well as getting ideas on how we can
improve our Service.
"My thanks also to the Mayor of Bury, Councillor Yvonne
Creswell; Fire Authority Member from Salford Cllr Iain Lindley;
local Cllr Jackie Harris; the Fire Service Museum; The Fire
Fighters Charity; the Women's Institute; Rossendale & Pendle
Mountain Rescue; Ramsbottom Army Cadets; volunteers and local
traders for their tremendous support on the day."