ALTRINCHAM Fire Station's open day to mark its 50th
anniversary was a fantastic success.
Alongside the open day, the station marked its half century -
bringing together current and former staff, colleagues and the
Firefighters and staff made it a really welcoming event and, as
well as giving visitors an insight into the station's current work
and history, made it a wonderful celebration for the achievements
of everyone who has contributed something during the last half
Altrincham Fire Station was opened on May 7, 1962, by Alderman
Sir Wesley Emberton, Chairman of Cheshire County Council.
The open day and celebrations took place exactly 50 years later
on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7.
Station Manager Kev Brogden said: "It was really good and far
busier than we'd imagined it would be.
"Lots of families came for the open day and the turnout of
retired members was fantastic."
One special guest was Sid McMullen a firefighter who started his
shift at the old Altrincham Fire Station on May 7, 1962, but had to
finish his duties at the new fire station after getting called out
to a fire at the exact time the changeover took place.
"We got the call to a fire at 11am and the new station went
operational at 12noon," said Sid. "So we had to go back to the new
"The open day was marvellous - so many colleagues I used to work
with were there - and it was very nice to meet the current serving
Borough Manager Andy Dugdale gave a short presentation to the
former staff and firefighters to look over its history and High
Sheriff George Almond, a former Altrincham station manager, and
Trafford Mayor, Councillor Jane Baugh cut the anniversary cake.
The open day also had plenty for the rest of the community to
enjoy and give them an insight into the wider work of Greater
Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.
Crew Manager Mike Dewar and fire investigation dog Echo were
there meeting the crowds with Mike explaining to numerous people
what their role is, firefighters demonstrated how they deal with a
road traffic collision and community safety advisors from the
Prevention team helped children take part in a firefighter