Youngsters become firefighters for the day at charity event

DRESSED  UP Cousins George Goldring, six, left and Reggie Mayes, five, with fire-fighter Lee Davey.   Picture: Paul Jacobs (113481-3)
DRESSED UP Cousins George Goldring, six, left and Reggie Mayes, five, with fire-fighter Lee Davey. Picture: Paul Jacobs (113481-3)

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LITTLE Reggie Mayes dreams of becoming a firefighter when he’s older.

And on Saturday his dream came true when he tried on a real fireman’s uniform and breathing apparatus at Southsea Fire Station’s open day.

AT THE WHEEL Fynley Webb, three, in a fire engine       (113481-4)

AT THE WHEEL Fynley Webb, three, in a fire engine (113481-4)

After climbing on board one of the engines, the six-year-old said the day had made him even more determined to become a firefighter.

The youngster from Portsea also watched crews carry out a demonstration of a rescue from the top of the station tower, with hoses and an aerial ladder on top of one of the engines.

Reggie said: ‘It was good to see more of what they do, it looks exciting.

‘I liked putting the helmet and the clothes on, but they are hot and really heavy.’

Some of the older visitors had a chance to try out the breathing equipment inside a simulation room which was filled with smoke.

Reggie’s auntie, Julie Mayes, 42, of Pound Terrace, Portsea, said: ‘It was a great day, the boys loved it. And it was very interesting to find out how the fire service carries out its rescues.’

As well as raising money for the Fire Fighters’ Charity, the day was aimed at educating visitors about the dangers of fire.

Station manager Glenn Bowyer said: ‘It went really well. We had a fantastic turnout and everyone seemed to have a great time.

‘We had a few call-outs but that was good because it demonstrated to the public the speed we have to work at when there is an emergency.’

Ambulance crews and police officers were also at the event showing some of their equipment and vehicles.