Trip to the fire station

On Tuesday morning we went to Congleton Fire Station. 

We met Fire Officer Rich who answered our questions and showed us around. 

He explained Fire Officers help put out fires and make sure people are safe in their houses by checking smoke detectors. He told us to check our Smoke detectors at home to make sure they work. 

He also told us about the Jaws of life that they use open up cars when people may be stuck inside.

 We learnt a Fire engine has a tank that holds the equivalent of 20 lots of bath water. He showed us how to check how much water is in the fire engine. 

    We were allowed to hold the hose pipe. 
There are grids on the floor with an F and H on them, which stands for fire fire hydrant. Near it is usually a yellow marker post to help the Fire Brigade find them. The hose pipes can reach 1000 metres.

  
We guessed how many hose pipes there were on the engine. There were 14 hoses .  

Fire men live near the station in case an alarm is raised. They work 4 days and nights on. Then get 4 days off.

Fire Officer a Rich showed us a Hooligan tool. They use it break doors open.

 He showed us his helmet and the inside of the engine.  
    
    
    
    
    
    
 Outside we saw the special engines that are used to pump out water when there are floods they have wider hoses – 20cm wide.

  

 Last but not least we could see the car that the officers use to practise their jaws of life on.

Thank you all our helpers who drove us and stayed with us. We couldn’t have gone without your help. 👍

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