Fire station open days are usually held annually at some of the fire stations around Dublin – we have been to two separate ones and both were brilliant. They may even be held in fire stations around the country too – worth checking out if you can!
The open days are free and are usually well attended so aim to get there early to avoid the crowds! There will often be buckets for donations so bringing a few euro is advisable if you are willing to donate to the various causes and charities there.
As well as being able to see some of the fire station and of course the fire engines there are usually vehicles from the other emergency services there as well as old fire engines. We have seen police vehicles, coast guard vehicles, civil defence vehicles, ambulances, blood bikes, mountain rescue vehicles, etc. You can go inside most of them for a closer look and to see some of their equipment. The volunteers and personnel with each vehicle are only too happy to chat to you about their work and any questions you may have. You may also pick up some free goodies or a goody bag – we got fluorescent vests and tags before which are really handy!
While most fire station open days are pretty crowded if you have a fire mad child contacting your local station for a private visit is also an idea. When L was going through his fireman phase we did that and they invited us down at an agreed time to see the station. L got to see the pole and had a tour of the station and was then able to try out a real fire hose as well as there were no crowds to be soaked!
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