Doors Open Day at Aberdeen's Central Station
15 September 2016
Around 2000 members of the public visit station
A Green Goddess, a lifeboat, a 1915 fire appliance – and Diesel the urban search and rescue dog - were among the attractions for visitors to Aberdeen’s Central Fire Station during Doors Open Day on September 10.
Around 2000 members of the public visited the station over the course of the day. The event provided an opportunity to showcase the variety of work carried out by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), including the many specialist services it provides. Firefighters at Central were joined by colleagues from other stations including firefighters from Ellon Community Fire Station who ran a BBQ and organised activities for children. Partners who supported the Open Day included the RNLI, Aberdeen Safer Community Trust (Absafe), Telecare, Antisocial Behaviour Investigation Team (ASbit), Castlehill Housing Association and the Integrated Alcohol Service. The event also gave 176 people the chance take part in free CPR training in conjunction with the Red Cross as part of the British Heart Foundation’s Restart a Heart campaign. Station Manager Andy Buchan said: “We were delighted that so many members of the public visited us during Doors Open Day. “It gave us a chance to show the public what we do and how we work with our partners to help support our local communities. “It was good to see such a high uptake for the CPR training as these valuable skills may help to save a life. “Our innovative partnership with the British Heart Foundation has equipped all 356 of Scotland's fire stations with Call Push Rescue training kits, to give communities right across the country the opportunity to learn life-saving skills. “CPR training can be arranged by contacting your local community fire station.” Visitors also got the chance to learn a bit about the history of the fire service. “It was particularly good to see the Green Goddess here and I’d like to thank her owner Ken Oliphant from Peterhead for bringing her through for the day,” said SM Buchan Doors Open Day is coordinated by the Scottish Civic Trust and is listed as a European Heritage Day. More than 40 buildings in Aberdeen take part in the event.