LITTLE Cayden-Leigh Adams loves fire engines.
And the two-year-old was lucky enough to get up close and personal with them at Gosport Fire Station’s community open day.
The toddler climbed in one of the engines, tried on a children’s size helmet and watched firefighters demonstrate how a chip pan fire can spread if you throw water on it.
Cayden-Leigh, of Cooperage Green, Gosport, was one of hundreds of visitors who turned out and discovered what life as a firefighter is all about.
Cayden-Leigh’s mum Kirsty Adams, 22, who also took along her daughter Chloe-Mai, four, said: ‘The children have had a fantastic time. Cayden-Leigh loves fire engines. He’s obsessed with them.
‘I haven’t been here before and it was my friend who encouraged me to come along with the kids.
‘It was definitely worth coming. Seeing my children happy makes me happy.’
The event, which was held between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, included a bucking bronco, bouncy castle and a barbecue.
Kids were treated to a Fireman Sam mascot and there was a raffle with prizes and a stall selling home-made chutneys and jams.
Staff from St Vincent College, in Gosport, had a stall informing people about its adult learning courses.
This is the fifth year the fire station, in Privett Road, Gosport, has held a community open day.
It is part of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Community Action plan, which aims to forge closer links between firefighters and the public.
Richard Styler, 29, of Austerberry Way, Gosport, took along his two children Crystal, four, and Dawson, two.
Richard said: ‘Dawson loves Fireman Sam and fire engines so he was in his element. It’s a nice day out for families.
‘I’ve had a great time.
‘There should be more things like this for people to go to.’
Money was also raised for The Fire Fighters Charity, which supports serving and retired firefighters. The station hopes to match the £750 it raised last year.
Station commander Tim Spencer-Peet said: ‘We’ve been really impressed with the turnout and response from people.
‘Around 700 to 800 visitors came through our doors.
‘These events are designed to bring the community closer together and to make people more aware of what we do.’