One of favourite days of the year as a family is the Volunteer Wildfire Service Open Day (held at Newlands Fire Base just off the M3 near the Newlands Forest) in November every year! And this year will be no exception – We have gone without fail for the past 3 years and it is the best day of the year for certain members of our family! Saturday 30 November is already highlighted on our calendar for this fun-filled firefighter themed day and we are looking forward to attending.
There are exciting Fire Truck Rides, Fire Chief Photos, an impressive Fire Display and the highlight – Helicopter drops! Helicopters are also on display for the little (& big) aviation fans to explore. Plus there is abseiling and snake displays and the hugely popular Foam Party at the end of the day! And all of this is entirely for free!
The Volunteer Wildfire Services Open Day aims to bring all aspiring firekids, young and old, together for an action packed family fun day. Firekids collect badges by doing all sorts of fun activities all around the fire theme – including choppers, abseiling, fire hoses, fire truck rides, snakes, and tug-o-war against the firefighters. There is also a “Best dressed firekid” competition.
Checkout last years Open Day video for a taste of what to expect.
The main aim of the day (besides from being heaps of fun for kids) is to raise awareness about the volunteer work the fire fighters do as well as to generate funds for their amazing work at protecting our mountains during fire season. Entry is free but feel free to spend lots of money on food and drink or donations – as the VWS have to raise our own funds to fight wildfires on our mountains! Adult firekids can sign up to help us fight wildfires next season.
Or you can make the VWS a beneficiary via your My School/My Planet card and give back to them everyday without even trying!?
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