Public flock to Open Days

Ellon police officers catch a ride on the old fire engine
Ellon police officers catch a ride on the old fire engine

Over 2,000 people attended the Ellon Police and Fire Open Days held at the weekend.

The local Police office opened its doors to the public on Saturday, May 28 alongside the local Fire Service Open day and a farmers market in the Square.

Blaze the Bear and young fire fighter Rhys Batey have a go on the old engine

Blaze the Bear and young fire fighter Rhys Batey have a go on the old engine

Roads Policing officers attended thepolice station event with one of their vehicles, displaying the vital kit they carry on the road including collapsible cones and spikes.

Fingerprints were also taken on an old fashioned ink roller, while youngsters were able to dress up in standard Police uniform, try on a riot helmet, carry a shield and get their photograph taken too.

Local sergeant Andy Sawers, who organised the event, said: “This was a tremendous day to be involved in and allowed us to engage in a positive way with children and adults alike.

“It was great to see the level of interest that was shown with the items we had on display.

PC Martin Neill with Harris Cunningham, Isla Cunningham and Amelia Simpson

PC Martin Neill with Harris Cunningham, Isla Cunningham and Amelia Simpson

“The drugs kit and security information was very well received by the adults and seeing the children having a shot of the Police vehicles and dressing up in the kit was fantastic.

“I was really happy with the level of interest with Police recruitment too and even some enquiries for becoming a Special Constable.”

Meanwhile at the fire station event a selection of emergency services vehicles, practical demonstrations and community safety advice was available for visitors.

Visitors were able to see the huge range of equipment that is carried on board each appliance to deal with any 999 emergency.

The fire service crew also ran a series of demonstrations throughout the day using pumps and ladders and hydraulic rescue equipment to give a taste of the work they carry out.