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RNLI Rye Harbour supports Rye Community Fire Station Open Day

Lifeboats News Release

Sunday 15 September was a sunny day that brought the crowds in to the Fire Station in Ferry Road. The Open Day is always popular and all the emergency services come together with stands explaining the work that they do locally to keep us all safe in our homes, out and about and at sea.

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All agencies involved together at the Fire Station at Rye

Station Commander, Dan Channon, commented, ’I would like to thank everyone who came to the station for our annual open day and took part in the activities. This is always a fantastic opportunity to engage with our local community and cement partnerships. We really appreciate the involvement and support of all our emergency service colleagues from the RNLI, Rother Responders and SeCamb today.’

Pete Stonham, a descendant of one of the crew from the Mary Stanford Lifeboat disaster, is a firefighter at the station and his family came to enjoy the demonstrations including future firefighter Ray, his son, who was seventeen months old.

There were displays of the work the firefighters do throughout the day but the most spectacular was how quickly a chip pan fire can get out of control. The whoosh and roar of the flames made people gasp as it was so intense. The children loved being able to clamber up into the fire appliance and sit in the driving seat including Freddie and Phoebe Lock. Amelia-Rose Dawson loved being able to use the big hose and see how much water came out although she was drowned by the size of the coat and helmet.

It is good to be reminded by so many services of how much training they all have to accomplish to enable them to respond rapidly to calls for help from the community.

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RNLI engaging with the public to showcase the work that they do in the Harbour

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Pete Stonham descendant of the crrew of the Mary Stanford who all lost their lives

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Amelia-Rose trying out the hoses with a guiding hand

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A chip pan out of control: showing the dangers of fire

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or or by email.

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