Ellon fire and police teams open their doors

Fire and police teams parade through Ellon as part of their open day.
Fire and police teams parade through Ellon as part of their open day.

The Ellon public rallied to support local emergency services when they turned out in numbers for an open day held by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland threw open their doors on a sun-drenched day giving people the opportunity to see behind the
scenes.

Julie Nicol, co-ordinator of the event from the Ellon Community Policing Team, said: ““The public continue to come along. Their interest and support are greatly appreciated. This exercise confirms that both services are seen to be part of the community. Long may it be the case.”

Ron Beedie. Ellon fire station manager, confirmed it had been another bumper turnout.

He said: “We had our biggest response in years for the event, and our final tally of cash raised on the day was a record £6000.

“Once again the Ellon public has come up trumps. We are absolutely delighted. I think the brilliant weather helped.”

During a busy afternoon there was a steady stream of visitors, all intent in taking in as much activity as possible in the summer warmth.

Firefighters provided the public with potentially life-saving information on home safety, while offering free home fire safely visits.

While the exercise was informative and educational, there was a fun element provided through stalls and entertainment with the money raised going to local causes.

Bill McDonald, of Ellon, who was making his first visit to the open day, said: “An impressive look behind the scenes. The 20-minute tours were a revelation.

“Our lives are in good and safe hands. We owe a lot to these guys, many of whom are volunteers.”