Whittlesey Fire Service celebrates 50 years in the town at open day

PUBLISHED: 12:52 05 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:52 05 June 2017

Whittlesey Fire Station's open day. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Whittlesey Fire Station's open day. PHOTO: Ian Carter

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Old and new was the theme of the day as the Whittlesey Fire Service celebrated 50 years in the town on Saturday.

Dunk the firefighter at Whittlesey Fire Station's open day. PHOTO: Ian CarterDunk the firefighter at Whittlesey Fire Station's open day. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Hundreds flocked to the fire station to celebrate the history of the service as well as modern day life at the on-call station on Cemetery Road.

Festivities includes a bouncy castle for youngsters, a BBQ, ice cream, tombola and a ‘dunk the firefighter,’ which saw a member of the team plunged into a giant bucket of water.

Vintage fire engine Vivien was on display, as well as fire engineers from more recent eras, and a blue-light simulator – where videos of a call out are projected onto a screen – was also on offer to give the public an insight into life as a fire fighter.

Nathan Glover and Thomas Southwell at Whittlesey Fire Station's open day. PHOTO: Ian CarterNathan Glover and Thomas Southwell at Whittlesey Fire Station's open day. PHOTO: Ian Carter

The station’s on-call firefighters also performed a drill and old uniforms, equipment and a 1932 diesel fire engine was on display.

Whittlesey Fire Station's open day. PHOTO: Ian CarterWhittlesey Fire Station's open day. PHOTO: Ian Carter

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