Fire Station Open Days 2024

Every year our fire stations open their doors to the public, welcoming people of all ages in their communities to connect with their local firefighters.

The open days are free entry and you can be guaranteed that there will be something there for all the family including live firefighter and/or fire cadet demonstrations,  fire appliances, free safety advice and much more…

Fire station open days:

  • Northwich Fire Station Open Day - Saturday 6 July, 11:30am-3:30pm  (SEN hour 10:30am-11:30pm)

  • Runcorn Fire Station Open Day - Sunday 7 July, 10am-4pm (SEN hour 9am-10am)

  • Penketh Fire Station Open Day - Friday 19 July, 3pm-7pm (SEN hour 2pm-3pm)

  • Birchwood Fire Station Open day - Saturday 20 July, 11am-4pm (SEN hour 10am-11am)

  • Knutsford Fire Station Open Day - Sunday 21 July, 11am-4pm (SEN hour 10am-11am)

  • Winsford Fire Station and Headquarters Joint Open Day - Tuesday 30 July, 11am - 4pm (SEN hour 10am-11am)

  • Frodsham Fire Station - Sunday 4 August, 11am-4pm (SEN hour 10am-11am)

  • Ellesmere Port Fire Station Open Day - Saturday 17 August, 11am-3pm (SEN hour 9:30am-11am)

  • Chester Fire Station Open Day - Saturday 24 August, 11am-4pm, (SEN hour 10am-11am)

  • Crewe Fire Station Open Day - Sunday 25 August, 11am-4pm (SEN hour 10am-11am)

  • Widnes Fire Station Open Day - Sunday 1 September, time 11am-4pm (SEN hour 10am-11am)

  • Warrington Fire Station Open Day - Saturday 7 September, 11am-4pm (SEN hour, 10am-11am)

  • Congleton Fire Station Open Day - Saturday 14 September, 11:30am-3pm (SEN hours, 10:30am-11:30am)

  • Macclesfield Fire Station Open Day - Sunday 22 September, 11am-4pm (SEN hour, 10am-11am)

  • More fire station open days to be added soon…

Open days that have already taken place:

  • Sandbach Fire Station Open Day - Saturday 20 April and Sunday 21 April

  • Tarporley Fire Station Open Day - Saturday 8 June

  • Alsager Fire Station Open Day - Saturday 8 June

  • Middlewich Fire Station Open Day - Saturday 15 June

What to expect at our fire station open days:

Chip pan demonstration

We use the chip pan display unit to reconstruct the effects of careless use of chip pans. It’s a dramatic, visual reminder of why chip pans can be so dangerous and why we suggest swapping them out for safer options. Oil is heated up and then a firefighter wearing full protective clothing adds water which creates a ball of fire.

Vintage fire engines

We have a fleet of vintage fire engines, our Heritage Fleet, with the oldest dating back to 1850 and some of them could well be making an appearance at an open day near you. Currently our Heritage Fleet is lovingly cared for by a team of volunteers who not only bring vintage fire engines to open days but also take them to shows and events around the county.

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Fire cadet drills

Fire cadets learn the basic skills of a firefighter while participating in a wide range of activities in and around their local fire station. They often run drills on station open days to show off what they learn as a fire cadet.

Firefighter displays

Firefighters are called to emergency incidents which range vastly by nature. In order to respond effectively firefighters regularly hone their skills, training through practice scenarios of incidents they may be called to. At a fire station open day you will get to watch the experts perform a training scenario while you get to watch on.

Displays range from ladder drills which simulate rescuing casualties from buildings to road traffic demonstrations simulating a car crash with people trapped inside a vehicle. If you’re lucky you may even get to witness our line rescue experts dangling high up, showcasing their ability to resolve incidents at height.

Fire engines

We have a fleet of vehicles designed to effectively respond to a wide range of incidents, emergencies and rescues. Naturally we have plenty of the ‘big red trucks with blue lights’ that you will regularly see. We also have specialist vehicles to be used at specific incidents such as wildfires, rescues from height and more.

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Partner agencies

We work with many partner agencies, some of whom may attend and take part in station open days. Partner agencies include Cheshire Police, Territorial Army, local charities, your local authority, historic society, food bank, The Prince’s Trust and more.

Activities

When arranging open days we try to include a wide range of activities such as face painters, a DJ or entertainer, a stand for The Fire Fighters Charity with ice cream and merchandise, the Women’s Institute and more.


Road safety

Every year we attend hundreds of road traffic collisions, rescuing drivers and their passengers and providing emergency first aid and trauma care.

Road traffic collisions can be devastating, not only to those involved, but also to their friends and loved ones. Please visit our road safety page to make sure you are keeping yourself and your loved ones safe on the road, no matter how you travel.

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SEN hour

Our open days are open to everyone, and we fully understand that some people may find the noise of sirens and flashing lights overwhelming. Many of our station open days will feature SEN hours when firefighters and staff will be able to spend time with people with hidden disabilities to create a more supportive and inclusive environment accessible to all. Then, should an emergency situation occur in their homes, they will have had initial contact with the emergency services.

The Fire Fighters Charity

At all of our fire station open days we will be raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity. They are the UK's leading provider of services that enhance quality of life for serving and retired firefighters, fire personnel and their families. 

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Volunteers

We have a team of volunteers who really do make a difference to the communities they live in, through informative, educational and practical help. 

By volunteering you not only help communities throughout Cheshire, but also improve your CV, meet likeminded people, boost your confidence and improve your communication skills.

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Fire cadets

Fire Cadets offers young people aged between 12 and 17 a fantastic opportunity to develop their confidence whilst learning new skills. At Fire Cadets, we engage with a diverse group of young people, representative of their local community, providing a platform for progressive training, practical activities, and adventurous pursuits. Cadet units meet at our fire stations one evening a week for two to three hours, where cadets practice and carry out firefighting drills using kit and equipment similar to what our operational firefighters use.

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Safety advice

We have a wealth of safety advice on our website, covering safety in the home, on the road, in a boat, for caravanning and camping, on farms, local businesses. There is comprehensive advice to keep everyone safe.

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