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Silsden fire station’s open day was ‘hot ticket’ in town
6:00pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Keighley
Buy this photo » Two-year-old Emily Hartley gets behind the wheel of one of the fire engines
Silsden residents took the wheel last Saturday to gain an insight into the effects of drink-driving.
They used a special driving simulator during the annual open day at the town’s fire station.
The safety simulator was one of the highlights of the fundraising event, organised by the station’s retained crew.
Firefighters also gave several dramatic demonstrations of how to deal with chip pan fires.
The event raised more than £500, which will be split between the Firefighters Charity and the Royal British Legion.
Legion members from Silsden helped firefighters at the open day by selling replica fire helmets to children.
Crew commander, Peter Hanson, said his team gave talks about fire safety during the four-hour event at the Elliott Street fire station. He added the firefighters’ wives baked cakes to help boost proceeds.
The Silsden station will also organise a Firefighter of the Year ceremony at nearby Sunnybank Social Club in December.