CHILDREN suffering the after-effects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster had a fun day with firefighters.
Nine youngsters spent the day with crews from Gosport fire station, in Privett Road.
Dressed in uniforms and carrying miniature breathing apparatus, they were shown the workings of a fire station and taught to run out the hoses.
Firefighter Steve Pearce said: ‘They had a good time and hopefully learned some important safety lessons as well.
‘They were made up with all their breathing apparatus equipment on.
‘We then got our search and rescue dogs down here so they could have a demonstration of how they work.
‘And we gave them one or two smoke alarms each to take back and put up at home.
‘We all pitched in and bought food for a buffet at the end of the day so they went home well-fed.’
The children were also given fire safety demonstrations as well as a helmet, T-shirt and baseball cap.
They are all in Gosport as part of a visit arranged by the Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline charity.