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'People are walking away smiling': All the photos from today's fire service open day

PUBLISHED: 14:25 08 September 2019 | UPDATED: 14:30 08 September 2019

Children got to have a go using some of the service's hoses to hit targets. Photo: Matthew Nixon

Children got to have a go using some of the service's hoses to hit targets. Photo: Matthew Nixon

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Lowestoft South Fire Station opened its doors to the public in celebration of its 10th anniversary at the new building.

Photo: Matthew NixonPhoto: Matthew Nixon

As a celebration of the decade of service which crews have undertaken from a base in the new building and a chance to fundraise for the fire service while educating the public, the event was a roaring success.

Russell Punchard, the station commander and deputy district commander for the north district, said: "We feel overwhelmed, the public have been fantastic, since 9.45am we've had a steady stream of people coming in. People are walking away with smiles on their faces so it's either the coffee and the cakes or the attractions!

"It also coincides with tomorrow being the national 999 emergency services day. "Really the important message from today is that people can come here and learn about prevention techniques, about CPR techniques from our ambulance colleagues. There's education value to coming down here and the more people from the public we can educate the better to prevent fires from happening."

On site, there were cakes, refreshments, demonstrations of what the emergency services do and their equipment and stalls raising money for the service. Ambulance, police, coastguard and Red Cross services from the region were also on site.

Mr Punchard said he was 'overwhelmed' by the public's response to the open day. Photo: Matthew NixonMr Punchard said he was 'overwhelmed' by the public's response to the open day. Photo: Matthew Nixon

Mr Punchard said: "We've got vintage fire trucks, we have fundraiser events with all proceeds going to the firefighters' charity. We have a cake stall baked by firefighters' families, we have football, we have a charity stall.

"I've been working in the fire service for 36 years, I've been here in Lowestoft for about the last six years. The modern fire service is going through a dramatic change from when I first joined, it's unrecognisable. I work here because I choose to. Lowestoft is a great place to work, the people are great, I come to work with a smile on my face every morning.

"I'd like to give a really big thank you to the people of Lowestoft to coming out here, because we're here 365 days a year and it's good to actually see our public. I'd also like to thank the crews who set everything up, including last night's night watch who really put things together."

Hundreds of people attended the station throughout the day, with cars parking over verges near the site.

A vintage fire truck parked outside the front of the station. Photo: Matthew NixonA vintage fire truck parked outside the front of the station. Photo: Matthew Nixon

Here are some photos from the event:

Vintage fire trucks were on display. Photo: Matthew NixonVintage fire trucks were on display. Photo: Matthew Nixon

Charity events, including this soaking sponge stock, were all on site. Photo: Matthew NixonCharity events, including this soaking sponge stock, were all on site. Photo: Matthew Nixon

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Charity events, including a beat-the-goalie shoot off, were all on site.Photo: Matthew NixonCharity events, including a beat-the-goalie shoot off, were all on site.Photo: Matthew Nixon

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The service demonstrated how they practice for real emergencies. Photo: Matthew NixonThe service demonstrated how they practice for real emergencies. Photo: Matthew Nixon

The Fire Service were showcasing their equipment, including this high tech drone with thermal imaging. Photo: Matthew NixonThe Fire Service were showcasing their equipment, including this high tech drone with thermal imaging. Photo: Matthew Nixon

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