Livingston fire station open day success

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Over £5000 raised for various charities


Saturday (21 March) saw Livingston fire station open their doors to the public for an open day that raised over £5000 for deserving charities.

From the moment the doors opened at 11am there were people steadily arriving right through until close of play at 3.30pm.

The event had a selection of displays including road traffic collision, pump and ladder drill, rescue from the tower and the Phoenix Crew also demonstrated some drills.

There were also community safety demonstrations and fun activities run by the station firefighters and other partner agencies including Police Scotland, Red Cross, Edinburgh Airport and The Scottish Ambulance Service.

Watch Manager Andy Anderson said: “We were overwhelmed by the generosity of all those who came along on Saturday. The day was busy start to finish and I would like to thank everyone who attended our open day and our partners.  The success of this event is down to our volunteers and station personnel, who without their hard work, would not be the success it is.

“Importantly this event allowed us to raise much needed money for The Fire Fighters Charity who enhance the quality of life for serving and retired firefighters, fire personnel and their families, The Five Sisters Zoo who, after a terrible fire last year, are raising money to help build a new lion enclosure and Team Jak, a charity set up in memory of Jak Trueman who went to Heaven on 2nd February 2015 after a battle with a rare and aggressive form of cancer- Gama Delta T-Cell Lymphoma.

"The sun came out for us on the day and, I think, made the day even more of a success.”

Watch Manager Anderson added: "This was a great opportunity to engage with people from the local communities, providing a fun day with the added advantage of promoting fire safety and demonstrating the work of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

“I would like to express our sincere thanks to our many sponsors and local businesses who donated gifts as raffle prizes and helped raise £1,300 towards our charities”.

For more information on the charities that benefited click the links below.