Road safety open day at Bishop fire station

Visitors to an open day at Bishop Auckland Community Fire Station will be given the chance to witness how the fire service responds to road traffic accidents.

The fire station at Fylands Bridge on the Aldi roundabout in Bishop Auckland will open to the public from 9am to 4pm on Saturday, 7th July. The event is unaffected by recent adverse weather in South West Durham.

Fire crews from across England will be displaying their expertise in dealing with road traffic collision scenarios as part of a national fire and rescue service competition. A trauma care competition which involves dealing with casualties from a house fire, a motorcycle accident, a building collapse and a fall from height will also be running throughout the day.

County Durham and Darlington will be competing against other fire and rescue services from Avon, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Hereford and Worcester, Humberside, Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire and Tyne and Wear.

Fire crews regularly deal with the traumatic aftermath of road accidents, which are often preventable, and it’s hoped the open day will highlight road safety.

“I would love to see as many people as possible join us at our Road Safety Open Day this weekend,” explained Andy Whitehead, District Manager at Bishop Auckland. “It’s a chance to come along and meet your local fire crews and see for yourself the work they do daily to ensure the people of County Durham and Darlington remain as safe as possible.”

Andy continued “We have put together a packed programme of events which will help raise awareness of the importance of acting safely on our roads. Dealing with road traffic collisions has become an all too frequent aspect of a firefighter’s role, many of which could be avoided.”

Entry to the event is free. Stalls, refreshments and activities for the whole family will be on offer.

105.9 Bishop FM are live from Bishop Auckland Community Fire Station from 10am – 2pm on Saturday.