Safe Summer fun day pulls huge crowd
Torrential rain and thunderstorms couldn’t dampen the spirits of more than 1,000 residents who came along to Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service’s first Safe Summer fun day on Saturday 19th July.
Fire truck demonstrations, a robot treasure hunt and a chance to tour the newest safety centre in the country SkillZONE and Gloucester South Fire Station was enjoyed by the record number of people attending a fire service open day.
The free family event promoted the underlying theme of having a safe summer holiday and was also packed full of great kid’s activities in the KidZONE.
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Geoff Sallis said: “We were overwhelmed by the great crowd of local people who came to our event despite the rain. Along with enjoying all the activities on offer we hope that residents took on board the summer safety advice for a happy holiday.
“A big thank you to all that supported this year’s Safe Summer fun day whether they were stall holders or our partners such as the Police, Ambulance, British Red Cross and the RNLI.”
Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member responsible for community safety, said: “The fun day was a great opportunity for everyone to come together and enjoy themselves but with a serious message on how to stay safe this summer.”
Longlevens resident Vanessa Rose said: “I’ve been to lots of fire station open days and this was the best yet. There was lots of interaction and it exceeded my expectations. The kids loved it.”
Phillip Marshall of Linden added “Everything seen today reinforced good safety messages for the kids. If you tell them as parents they don’t listen but learning from the people here at SkillZONE really brings it home. It’s been awesome.”
Hundreds of visitors took up the chance to try out SkillZONE’s innovative safety village and 130 children completed the robot treasure hunt.
Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership provided The Bike Hub with Gloucester Bike Project offering free safety checks and tune ups, a pedal powered smoothie maker and an off-road bike handling skills activity for 7 to11 year olds.
Go karts were also run by Cirkitz International and Kwik Fit, giving users a chance to find out how dangerous it is to drive under the influence by wearing special ‘beer goggles’.
In the afternoon fire truck demonstrations kept crowds entertained and dancers from Linda Virgoe Dance Academy performed their modern, jazz and balletic routine.