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‘Blues and twos’ – Nicola spends a day at Stechford Police Station, Birmingham

On Saturday 23rd July, my family and some friends descended onto Stetchford Police station for their annual open day. Throughout the day, the officers had organised a number of activities for the public to enjoy, which included a Riot demonstration, a tour of the cells and face printing…

In addition to demonstrations and stalls selling cakes and food, officers displayed replica drugs and narcotics and challenged people to search a car to find them and win a prize. They had a bouncy castle for the young ones and some kickboxing lessons. They even had officers with a squad van that you could sit in the back of, put the lights on and turn on the siren… but the highlight of the day for me was the fire engine that arrived and the demonstration they put on for everyone.


Coming from a family who’s grandad was chief fireman of what is now called the West Midlands Fire Service, it was great to get up close and see what day-to-day dramas these teams have to endure.

The aim of the demonstration was to get across to people the importance of driving safely.

They had a victim in the vehicle and explained from start to finish how they would remove her without making her injuries worse. These guys do an amazing job, with such precision and timing – even with the temperatures as hot as there were. They showed the professionalism they had treating this mock victim as if it was the scene of a real accident.

I took some photos of them taking the car apart…

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