KIDS across the Wee County got the chance to live like a firefighter for a couple hours during a family open day in Alloa.

Alloa Fire Station invited families down to find out more about the work of a firefighter – from rescuing people from burning buildings to seeing how the hose worked.

The event was well attended and very well received, with kids and adults alike enjoying the range of demonstrations on display from the fire station and their various partner organisations.

All proceeds from the event were put towards the Fire Fighters Charity, which provides support for anyone injured on the job.

Station commander Rachel Rogers said: “The open day was a huge success, we had a fantastic turnout.

“We were initially quite concerned about the weather but the rain stayed off and was kind to us.

“We had a few demonstrations on with the rope rescue team from Lochgelly and we had the high reach stand from Falkirk so our local population enjoyed seeing something different.

“It was a huge success – we don’t have our total figure raised just yet but it looks like we raised a good amount for the Fire Fighters’ Charity.

“The Heritage Trust was along with some of the older vehicles which is usually a big hit with the kids and the adults as well.

“Our partner organisations attended as well – the ambulances, mountain rescue and the police.

“All in all, it was a huge success.”

Commander Rogers went on to explain that the fire station was appealing to members of the public to join their on-call firefighters team.

She added: “We had our on-call firefighters from Alloa and Tillicoultry there as well because we’re doing some recruitment at the moment so we’re looking for people through the community to come and bolster our numbers.

“We are looking for people who are around 10 minutes or less from their local fire station to get in touch and see what they could do.”

Anyone looking to apply for the on-call work can find out more at

Anyone looking to apply can contact Alloa Fire Station on 01259 724112.