An open day giving an insight into the role of a firefighter could be made into a yearly event as it proves a success.

Bridport Fire Station opened its doors to the public last Saturday, offering a range of activities, including a teddy bear zipwire, crockery smash and the opportunity to use a hose to put out pretend fires.

Visitors were also able to learn the dangers of a chip pan fire and watch the crew doing a demonstration on rescuing a casualty from a car crash.

The station’s fire engines were open for people to see what equipment they hold and to sit behind the wheel.

Nicholas Courtice, who manages Bridport Fire Station, said: “It went really well, we were much busier than last year, which is great as we want to make it a yearly event.

“We raised £1,500 for the Fire Fighters Charity and also had a lot of referrals for our safe home site visits.

“There must have been more than 1,000 people that attended, and we have had lots of good feedback about how great it was.

“A big thank you to all those who donated prizes and items for the open day.

“If there are people who were not able to make it to the open day but need a smoke detector and home visit, visit our website and we can arrange that for you.”

The station’s next event is a have a go recruitment evening on October 9 from 5.30pm to 9pm, in which people can have a go at some of the activities and tasks asked of an on-call firefighter.

There will be multiple practical exercises based around the recruitment process, an opportunity to try on breathing apparatus, climb a ladder and do the national firefighter selection test for carrying equipment. It is also a chance to meet the crew and discuss what the job involves.

For more information about the event or a safe and well visit to your home, visit or search for Bridport Fire Station on Facebook