By Andy Hirst

A Colne Valley fire station’s open day will give people the chance to see their life-saving emergency equipment in action.

For Slaithwaite firefighters will be staging demonstrations such as road crash scenarios at their station so people can see how they need to dismantle vehicles with heavy cutting gear to rescue trapped victims.

The station on New Street is opening its doors to the public on Saturday, June 18, from 11am to 4pm.

There will also be fun and games for children, a bouncy castle, a ride-on fire engine, a barbecue and a chance to meet West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s mascot, Blaze Bear.

Charities and community groups will have stalls and Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team, the police and The Ambulance Staff Charity will also be there.

All proceeds will go to The Firefighters Charity which helps working or retired firefighters struggling with injuries, mental health or hardship.

The station is crewed by on-call firefighters who have to rush there from home or work within five minutes of being paged to go out on emergency calls.

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The weekly training sessions are on Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

Slaithwaite firefighters work at businesses in the village including Meadow Court Residential Care Home, TMS Software Ltd and kitchen and bathroom manufacturers Daval Furniture.

Slaithwaite Fire Station was built in 1962 and covers a population of 18,594 people living in almost 8,000 homes.

* Written by ANDY HIRST who runs his own Yorkshire freelance journalism agency AH! PR ( specialising in press releases, blogging and copywriting. Copyright Andy Hirst.