THEY are normally carrying round hoses and putting out blazes in protective gear.
But firefighters have many talents.
They proved it yesterday when they swapped their usual uniform for suits, bow ties and microphones.
Crews from across the area put on a spectacular show of singing, dancing and comedy to entertain around 300 senior citizens at Portsmouth’s Guildhall.
Vicki Hammel, 73, of Greenwich Court, King Street, Southsea, said: ‘We come every time and thoroughly enjoy it.
‘It’s a great effort by the firefighters – they are excellent.
‘Well done them for giving up their time to entertain the elderly.
‘Most of them probably don’t go anywhere.’
Marge Cooper, 79, also of Greenwich Court, said: ‘It’s great – the company and the atmosphere.’
Marge said that some of the acts were ‘hilarious’.
She laughed: ‘It’s mind-boggling, some of them!’
Peter Cormick, 57, of Ladywood House, Plymouth Street, Southsea, said: ‘It’s good of the firefighters – they have enough on their plate.
‘They are cutting their numbers down, which is going to tell eventually.
‘Hopefully we won’t get a fire in our flat because it’s one of the tallest in the city.’
Michael Mills, 68, also of Ladywood House, said: ‘It’s very nice they do it.
‘It makes a great afternoon for people.
‘It’s nice for us to support them because they do such a lot for us. It’s a nice gesture.’
Organiser firefighter Jasper Taylor, from Southsea fire station, said: ‘It’s a charity event that has been going for 33 years for senior citizens who live in sheltered accommodation.
‘Basically the firefighters take them out for the day, entertain and feed them.
‘Just ask the senior citizens – it’s a great event and they have a great time. We get a sense of wellbeing for doing it.’