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Fire station holds its first-ever “virtual” open day

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LOCAL residents can find out about the lifesaving work of the firefighters based in Penketh, Warrington this weekend – without leaving the comfort of their own homes.

The first virtual open day in the history of Penketh Fire Station, which is located on Widnes Road near the border of Warrington and Widnes, will be held on Saturday (September 19).
From 10am to 3pm, there will be a wide range of informative and fun things for members of the local communities to enjoy via the Penketh Fire Station Facebook and Twitter accounts, including:
•An introduction to Penketh Fire Station
•A video about firefighters’ personal protective equipment (PPE)
•A tour of one of Penketh’s fire engines
•A water safety video
•A training scenario
•A kitchen safety video
•An interview with on-call Penketh firefighters
•A look at the International Search and Rescue Team (ISAR)
•A charity event recap
•A question and answer session.
Watch manager Paul Rostance, who has been organising the virtual open day, said: “We hold an open day every year, and we are not going to let the coronavirus pandemic halt that tradition.
“The current restrictions prevent us from holding an open day in its usual form, so we have organised our first ever virtual open day to safely show our community the work that we do and the equipment we use.
“There will be a range of videos and other informative and fun things for people to enjoy via social media from the comfort of their own homes.
“So please go online at https://www.facebook.com/PenkethFS or https://twitter.com/penkethfs between 10am and 3pm this Saturday.
“You will learn a lot about the life of a firefighter and the roles that our crews play in serving the community, and you will also pick up some vital safety messages to keep you and your family safe.”

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