Family fun day at fire station wows the crowds - SLIDESHOW

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FIREFIGHTERS at a South Yorkshire station took time off from saving lives to organise a family fun day for the local community they serve.

Crew members gave up their time to transform Aston fire station into a popular visitor attraction so they could meet local families and give them a fun day out.

Jack Nettleship 3 from South Anston with Firefighter Riachard Beardmore at Aston Fire Station open day

Jack Nettleship 3 from South Anston with Firefighter Riachard Beardmore at Aston Fire Station open day

They also issued fire safety advice and demonstrated the kind of life-saving tasks they perform day in day out.

Firefighters showed youngsters, parents and grandparents around the fire engines at the station and showed them the specialist kit they wear when they are tackling a blaze.

They demonstrated how they rescue casualties from burning buildings and how they free motorists and passengers trapped in cars after collisions.

Crowds of onlookers were left shocked when they were shown how quickly a chip pan can burst into flames, before firefighters extinguished the blaze.

For more light-hearted entertainment firefighters organised a bouncy castle in the station grounds as well as children entertainers and games, including hook a duck. There were face-painting sessions and an ice cream van.

Around £300 was raised on the day, which is to be split between the Bluebell Wood children’s hospice in nearby Dinnington as well as the Fire Fighters Charity, which supports sick and injured firefighters and their families.