Doors Open Day comes to Dalkeith, Stirling and Kirkcaldy fire stations
05 September 2014
Doors Open Days give you free access to hundreds of fascinating buildings across Scotland.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have three fire stations across the east taking part in Doors Open Day this month.
Stirling, Dalkeith and Kirkcaldy fire stations are opening their doors for visitors to look round the stations and get the opportunity to see displays and demonstrations for free!
Doors Open Days gives free access to hundreds of fascinating buildings across Scotland. Every weekend in September visitors can explore places that are normally closed to the public. Some open up once a year, some just once in a lifetime. This is your chance to discover the architecture, design, buildings, places and spaces right on your doorstep or explore a new part of the country.
Stirling fire station will be open on Saturday 6 September between 10am and 2pm.
Due to popular demand Stirling fire station will reopen its doors for a tour of the Fire Station, including training facilities. Visitors will meet firefighters, see the fire engines and all the specialist equipment they carry. There will be road traffic collision and water rescue displays along with the Trossachs Search and Rescue Team dogs.
Advice will also be available on Home Fire Safety and free Home Fire Safety Visits can be booked during Doors Open Days. Dalkeith fire station will be open on Saturday 13 September between 11am and 3pm.
Dalkeith Fire Station opened on 9 November 1970 providing a high quality fire-fighting and rescue service in response to fires and other emergencies and educating and advising the general public on community safety matters.
Visitors will have the chance to see inside a working fire station. There will be a line rescue and road traffic collision demonstrations, a community safety vehicle and the young Phoenix Crew will be doing drills. We will also be joined by Police Scotland and Red Cross.
Members of the Community action team will be on duty throughout the day to speak to the public, offer advice and home fire safety visits.
Kirkcaldy fire station will be open on Sunday 14 September between 12pm – 4pm.
George Duffas custom designed this distinctive building for the Fire Service in 1935 using the current Art-Deco movement to inspire him. Firefighters will be on duty to give you a tour of this fire station which celebrated its 75 th anniversary last year.
Also taking part in Doors Open Day later this month is the Museum of Fire which will be open on 27 and 28 September from 10am – 4pm.
The Fire Service Headquarters in Lauriston place opened in 1900 serving as an operational station until 1986. It continues today as an administrative centre and home to the ‘Museum of Fire’. The museum holds ‘James Braidwood’s High Street appliance’ and the last remaining ‘Halley’ fire appliance in the world, which served in Leith. The building also houses a mock- up of an Edinburgh close allowing visitors to experience conditions during the great fire of Edinburgh.
There will some appliances from the local restoration group coming along during the weekend.
Staff will be available at all three fire stations to provide fire safety advice and offer free Home Fire Safety Visits.
Free Home Safety Visits, including the free supply and fitting of smoke alarms where required, are available to all households. If you cannot make it along to the Doors Open Day, you can arrange a Home Fire Safety Visit via the following:
Text ‘check’ to 61611
Call 0800 0731 999
For more information on Doors Open Day visit: http://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/opendays/
Please note that the fire stations are in operation throughout the day, so please do not park in front of the fire appliance bay doors.