Children visit police and fire services in Gateshead

07 Mar 2016 13:11 PM

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Police and Fire Service invite youngsters to emergency services awareness evening.

Last week officers from the Outer West Neighbourhood Policing Team and Tyne and Wear Fire Rescue Service held an open evening at Chopwell Fire and Police Station.

A number of local children were invited along to come and have a look around the station and at the different types of vehicles and equipment the emergency services use. 

Local Neighbourhood Officer PC Andrew Hyde organised the event following a request by a number of parents in the area who stated that this would help benefit their children’s school studies as they were learning about the emergency services.

PC Hyde and PC Michael Neal, along with the help of fire fighters Tony and Graham who are based at the Chopwell Fire Station, showed the children all of the various police vehicles, fire engines and some  of the equipment both the police and fire service use.

The children even got the chance to use the water hose attached to the Fire Engine.

PC Hyde said: "As soon as we found out that the local children were learning about emergency services we wanted to offer our help and support straight away. I contacted Station manager Tony at the Chopwell Fire Station who was equally as keen to show the children around the Fire Engine. Visits like this really help us get positive messages across to the children about how the police and fire service can help them and what we are here for, it helps build bridges and relationships for the future."

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