A fire station held a community open day with an opportunity for the public to meet their newly appointed borough commander.

On July 7, people from the community took part in the Harrow Fire Station Open Day enjoying a range of entertainments and a chance to get to know Gareth Cook, the new borough commander who assumed his role the day before.

The fire station set up a variety of stalls for guests including a fire safety table with staff and cadets available for a chat and face painting for the kids.

Face painting

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Old fashioned fire trucks 

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Old fashioned fire trucks were brought in for people to be photographed by and there was also a petting zoo and games on offer with inflatable prizes. 

The fire crew re-enacted an emergency incident with a dummy trapped under a vehicle and for those not wanting to miss the World Cup there was a TV upstairs in the station, so people could keep a close eye on the score.

Petting zoo

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Caren Duhig, founder of #Fixit Harrow Network, said of the open day: “My daughter, Cassie-Kai, especially enjoyed climbing into the fire engine and posing by the old-fashioned fire trucks.

“She also loved winning an inflatable hammer on one of the stalls and seeing the farm animals at the petting zoo.”

The open day was one of the first events Gareth Cook had attended since assuming his role. Julian Lloyd retired as borough commander on July 5.

Gareth said: "The open day was a huge success and I would like to thank the people of Harrow for coming along and making it a fantastic event.

"I would also like to thank my officers and firefighters who do an exceptional job and I am extremely proud of them, it is already evident to me that this is a very special borough.

"So far my welcome into the Borough has been amazing and I am so proud to have been appointed into the role of Borough Commander of Harrow."