Youngsters blazed a trail to their local fire station for an action-packed day of fun and learning.
The event, at Carrow Fire Station, in Norwich, was organised for siblings who are either bereaved or have a brother or sister receiving care at The Nook – the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) base in Framingham Earl.
They were treated to a memorable behind-the-scenes experience of what happens at a busy fire station. They had the chance to try on kit, explore an engine and use hoses to tackle a ‘fire’.
They also ‘saved’ a dummy by throwing a line, as well as attaching equipment to a hydrant and filling a pool. Another highlight came when a 999 call came into the control room, asking for help to rescue one of the children’s pets – a bearded dragon who was stuck down a toilet!
“What a fantastic welcome we received,” said EACH Play Specialist Clare Oakley.
“Red Watch crew pulled out all the stops and we loved watching the siblings’ faces. It was such a brilliant trip.”
The trip, which took place during half-term, was made possible thanks to the help and support of three volunteers. EACH runs sibling days during the school holidays, for children aged five upwards.
They allow siblings to come together, have fun and make friends in a safe environment. EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex.