Upton St Leonard’S WI: A visit to Gloucester Fire Station

‘FIRE, Fire’, our initial response is shock, horror, scream, shout even panic, but do not be deterred, Gloucester Fire Service Station is on hand to save us.

Kevin Adcock, son of a member gave a group of us a conducted tour of the five year old modern fire station near Tuffley.

Duty begins with three rings of the fire bell.

A minimum of four firemen are needed but five full time men are employed.

The large red fire engine came roaring into the hangar and Kevin gave a very detailed account of its parts and appliances.

Having 33 fire engines in the county, Gloucester can call upon Stroud or Cheltenham for extra help costing the central government £25 million each, they are beautifully cared for and maintained.

For water rescue they work closely with the Severn Rescue Service.

Linked together these services save many lives.

The Skills Zone is amazing and Kevin’s wife helped in its design, it’s the

only one in the country.

This was an evening not to be missed.

We all thanked Kevin for an interesting and inspiring evening.

Business was brief as Diane welcomed everyone and said six people enjoyed their meal at the ‘House in the Tree’.

We lost skittles against ‘Castle Jump’ by fourteen pins.

Group rally, Friday, October 20, Witcombe Village Hall - £5

All other news in GFWI newsheet.

All ladies are very welcome.