YOUNGSTERS were left in charge of putting out fires and driving fire engines at the weekend – but thankfully it was just for fun.
Firefighters in Fareham threw open the doors to their station on Saturday to meet the public.
And with plenty of exciting demonstrations and hands-on fun, children were kept busy for hours pretending to be life-saving heroes.
They raced around in a fire engine simulator before grappling with a real hose to put out fake fires.
Then they watched fire safety demonstrations.
Station commander Paul Coates said: ‘It was a really busy day which is just what we wanted. The aim was for the public to see what we do.
‘It’s always fun for the kids and it’s good to have them along because we can get a bit of education about fire safety in there as well.
‘We also had a lot of volunteers here and we couldn’t run it without their help.’
Becky Dawe, 29, was there with her husband Steve, 29, son Joshua, three, and her 10-month-old daughter Emily.
Becky, of Highlands Road in Fareham, said: ‘It was a really good day and there were lots of things for the kids to do.
‘The whole thing is really well organised and it’s nice to see what the firefighters do.’
Throughout the day there were demonstrations of fire safety and dramatic rescues from buildings and crashed cars.
Mark Pratt, 43, of Brockhurst Road in Gosport, was there with his 43-year-old wife Glenda, six-year-old daughter Aimee and nine-year-old son Joshua.
Mark said: ‘The kids have really enjoyed seeing the fire engines.
‘It’s nice that they have the opportunity to do this.’