The recent tri-service open day at Coalville Fire Station attracted a huge 3,000 attendees, raising a fantastic £2,000 for two charities – Air Ambulance and The Fire Fighters Charity.
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service worked with partners in Leicestershire Police, East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and North West Leicestershire District Council to plan the event, which was held on Saturday 14 May at Coalville Fire Station. The station became an ‘Emergency Services Hub’ when Leicestershire Police joined in March 2018, with EMAS joining in August 2020.
As well as hot oil, rope rescue and house fire demonstrations from the fire service, all three blue light services had emergency vehicles, equipment and colleagues in attendance to educate and inform the public. There were also stands from other agencies, such as Coalville Rotary Club, Everyone Active, Newfoundland Therapy Dogs and 1188 Coalville Squadron Air Corps, and lots of family fun such as face painting and the Mini Fire Engine.
As a further result of the event, the fire service managed to collect 60 addresses for home safety checks, a fantastic way to further improve engagement with communities and help towards ‘Safer People, Safer Places’.
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Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service provides emergency response, prevention and protection services from 20 stations across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Its headquarters is based in Birstall, Leicester.
During 2019/20, we attended a total of 8,541 emergency incidents, including 2,079 fires and 748 road traffic collisions. A total of 7,274 Home Safety Checks were completed and we fitted 4,720 smoke alarms. 305 schools were visited as part of the Service’s schools programme, delivering fire and road safety education to 26,218 pupils. Staff organised or took part in 1,218 community safety activities, totalling over 11,000 hours of time engaging with members of the public.
The Service’s prevention, education, enforcement and inspection programmes have resulted in significant reductions in the number of incidents. In the last ten years, fire-related incidents have reduced by over 30 percent.
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