Chernobyl children enjoy a day out at Fareham fire station

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UNDERPRIVILEGED kids who have to live with the nuclear fallout from Chernobyl enjoyed a visit to Fareham fire station.

The youngsters got a taste of life as a firefighter when they were treated to a ride in an engine, experienced using breathing equipment and dressed in full protective uniform.

The day, arranged by watch manager Simon Whelan, included a demonstration of putting out a pan fire.

The 14 children from Belarus and parts of Ukraine had a hand at using various fire hoses and were provided with smoke alarms for their homes. They have been spending time with host families this month in the hope of making a difference to their health and lives.

The station was supported by Asda and Sainsbury’s which provided a barbecue lunch, snacks throughout the day and goodie bags for the children to return home with.

Rob Baker, vice-chairman of the Portsmouth and Hayling Island branch of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline, said: ‘The day was a great success and we tried to make it as fun as possible.’