David Llewelyn Darkin

Fire Station Open Day 2018

11th September 2018

Last weekend, the Mayoral Party were delighted to be invited to visit Llanelli Fire Station at their annual open day. This fantastic event has grown in strength year-on-year and this year’s open day was the biggest yet.

There was an array of activities on site that provided fun for all the family but with important messages too. As well as the rides and street food, we were also treated to a reptile display from Geraint the Snakeman and craft stalls. I also got to enjoy some quality cheesecake courtesy of Boleyn’s Bistro.

On a serious note, we were also shown a virtual reality experience normally given to teenagers. The experience was somewhat harrowing as we experienced what it was like to be in a car crash. This is clearly a very powerful tool in educating drivers on the dangers of not wearing seatbelts and using mobile phones whilst driving.

On a lighter note, I received another difficult experience as I volunteered for the ‘soak a fireman’ stall. Both the mayoress and deputy mayor seemed to enjoy throwing soaking sponges at me, but at least it raised money for an excellent cause.

Visitors also got to experience a smoke-filled building (simulated with smoke made from sugar) to illustrate how difficult entering a burning building can be; as well as a live demonstration of accessing a crashed vehicle by removing the roof.