Special Doors Open Day in Brechin this weekend

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The retained station is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a Doors Open Day on Saturday 31 May

Brechin Station 1974

Picture: Brechin Fire Station in 1974

Brechin Fire Station is holding a Doors Open Day on Saturday (31 May 2014) to mark the 40th anniversary of its opening.

The Scott Street fire station was previously situated in Southesk Street and was opened on 29 May 1974 by Harry G Morton, the Chairman of the Angus Fire Area Joint Committee.

Brechin is a retained station and houses a rescue pump and water tender. There are 20 personnel who work the retained duty system.

The team consists of one Watch Manager, three Crew Managers and sixteen firefighters. As well as responding to incidents when they occur, personnel attend the station every Monday night for training, and two Thursdays a month where they carry out regular maintenance of their appliances and equipment.

As part of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service the crew from Brechin can be asked to respond to incidents not only within the Brechin area, but also to support their colleagues in other areas of Scotland when required.

The Doors Open Day begins at noon and continues until 4pm. Members of the public will have the opportunity to take a look around the station, see the appliances and view a number of static displays. Firefighters will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

There will also be a raffle with some great prizes, a cake and candy stall and refreshments available.

Visitors can also see the ‘burning trays’ and even get a chance to use hoses to put the fire out. There will also be chip pan demonstrations where people can witness, from a safe distance, the effects of water being applied to overheated fat/oil from a chip pan.

Firefighters will also be on hand to speak to visitors about how they can book a free Home Fire Safety Visit, as well as provide information on how to become a retained firefighter and help protect the community in which you live.

Every hour of every day there’s a house fire somewhere in Scotland. You can help reduce the chances of this happening to you by booking a visit. They're free and easy to arrange.

To book a free Home Fire Safety Visit

Text - ‘fire’ to 61611

call - 0800 0731 999

visit - www.firescotland.gov.uk