By Connie Osborne Friday 09 August 2013 Updated: 09/08 10:14
THOUSANDS of residents flocked to the town's annual fire station open day.
About 2,000 people visited the Birmingham Road station on Saturday (August 3) helping to raise close to £500 for the Fire Fighters Charity.
Members of the Young Firefighters Association took part in demonstrations, while guests enjoyed the opportunity to get up close to the station's equipment including fire engines and cutting equipment.
Safety tips and free advice on a wide range of issues was also given by the service and volunteer agencies.
Station commander Phil Berry said: "It was a fantastic day with plenty of visitors enjoying the demonstrations and taking part in a number of safety competitions.
"I would like to put on record a special thank you to Green Watch, Bob Morris and Caroline Webster, whose hard work and enthusiasm over many months made it a very successful day."
Redditch MP Karen Lumley attended to show her support. She said: "I had a great time at Redditch Fire Station’s open day and would like to take this opportunity to thank the firefighters of Redditch and Worcestershire for the enormous risks they take every day to save lives and protect us all from the dangers of fire.
" I was pleased to see so many local children enjoying themselves seeing the fire engines at close quarters and learning important lessons about fire safety on a fine summer’s day."
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