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Children enjoy firefighting fun at station open day

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An emergency call-out during the middle of Stansted fire station's open day added to the excitement for young visitors on Saturday.

The crew sped off to a flat fire in Harlow at lunchtime. It had been dealt with by the time they arrived, so they returned and children were able to clamber aboard the frontline engine.

Crew manager Dave Morland said between 600-700 people visited the Chapel Hill base throughout the day and a raffle, cake sale, lucky dip and face-painting helped raise around £500 towards their Christmas charity collection.

Stansted Fire Station Open Day (16361223)
Stansted Fire Station Open Day (16361223)

"We're still cleaning cake out of the fire engines now!" joked the firefighter. "Perhaps a cake stall and then allowing children to climb in the engines wasn't such a good idea, but it was a great fun day."

Visitors also got to see the station's newest arrival - one of only four off-road vehicles in the county which will be based at Stansted.

The station is now actively seeking new recruits. Anyone interested can visit the station on Thursday evenings or go online at www.essex-fire.gov.uk

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