Gosport firefighters show their skills

17/9/2011 (NEWS)''Gosport Fire Station held a open day on Saturday 17th September 2011 for the public.''Pictured is: (l-r) Chloe Oyaro, three and a half, and Naomi Miesi, three and a half, trying on helmets and firefighters clothing.''Picture: Sarah Standing (113307-5236)
17/9/2011 (NEWS)''Gosport Fire Station held a open day on Saturday 17th September 2011 for the public.''Pictured is: (l-r) Chloe Oyaro, three and a half, and Naomi Miesi, three and a half, trying on helmets and firefighters clothing.''Picture: Sarah Standing (113307-5236)
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FROM climbing walls, trying on breathing apparatus to seeing fire crews in action, there was plenty to see and do at Gosport fire station’s open day.

There were also demonstrations of cutting a victim from a car crash and the dramatic effects of pouring water on chip pan fires, as well as the retained crews showing what it’s like to enter a building on fire.

And children had the chance to put on the equipment and see what it’s like to enter a smoky building for themselves.

Or they could have a go in the dive tank that was set up for the day.

And of course, after all that, there was a barbecue for families to get stuck into.

Firefighter Robbie Burns said: ‘We had a couple of thousand people attend over the course of the day.

‘It was quite overwhelming to see how many people came along.

‘Days like this can only be positive, the fact that people can see what we do and see what we do in times of crisis.

‘And the kids love it, they’re all over us like a rash for the whole day.’