Fulham Fire Station will throw open its doors to the public on April 23 as part of the London Fire Brigade ’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

It is promising a free fun-filled day for the community from 10am to 4.30pm, with important life saving fire safety lessons thrown in too.

Those attending can also learn some interesting facts about the historic station in Fulham Road, which was opened in 1896 and designed by chief architect Robert Pearson.

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When it first opened it housed and accommodated twelve married firefighters, six single firefighters, one officer and one coachman. Four horses were stabled and there was also space for a steam fire engine, a manual engine, a hose tender and a horse cart. It was adapted for motor use in 1913.

During the open day Fulham firefighters will show off their skills with staged demonstrations. Visitors will see a ladder drill display and road traffic collision rescue demonstration, along with an abseiling from the training tower.

When Fulham Fire Station first opened horse and cart was used to get firefighters about

The Metropolitan Police will also be participating at the event, raising awareness on cycling safety and offering advice on bicycle security marking.

The Duck Pond Market will bring ethically sourced food and home made craft stalls. There will also be a petting corner, with a variety of small friendly animals for children and adults to interact with.