AN ELEPHANT was rescued from the top of a tower at Bexhill Fire Station.
The cuddly-suited fire mascot Welephant was one of the star attractions at the recent open day, with young visitors enjoying the chance to see the character brought back down to earth – and safety – by the station’s specialist aerial ladder platform.
Scores of youngster were also treated to front seat views from the fire engines, the chance to tackle a fake fire with hoses and a close-up look at how firefighters use specialist equipment to cut people out of crashed cars.
Popular children’s TV star Fireman Sam also made an appearance and a tombola raised £116 for the Fire Fighters Charity.
Station administrator Christine Spiller was delighted with the turn-out and said the day had a real community feel to it.
She said: “We had lots of people come along which was great. The kids really enjoyed themselves – they loved seeing Welephant and Fireman Sam and it was the first time we have had a cut out house for them to use the hoses on.”
But, she was quick to add, there was a serious point to the open day. “It gives people the chance to see what it is we do,” she added. “Seeing the demonstrations like the car cutting one has a big impact and the event comes with a fire safety message.
“We were also trying to get people to sign up to get a free smoke alarm.”
That last area in particular is something the station in Beeching Road is making a concerted effort on. Locals anyone in Bexhill and Rother can request a home visit to have a free smoke alarm fitted, as well as get advice on the best escape routes and the best precautions to take to avoid afire.
Mrs Spiller said: “A lot of our work is preventative. Smoke alarms are vital. Every home should have one.
“All people need to do is call us for free on 0800 177 7069 and we will add them to our list and go round as soon as we can.
“If we could get a smoke alarm in every house across Rother that would be great.”