40th anniversary celebration for Fire and Rescue Service

A range of demonstrations will be undertaken from 10am to 4pm by firefighters, including a mock water rescue; a simulated road traffic accident rescue and a display of how serious a chip-pan fire can get.

A series of modern and vintage fire engines will be on display for people to view and firefighters, including David Etheridge, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service's Chief Fire Officer, will be on hand to meet those who are attending the event.

There will also be a focus on putting retired and ex-firefighters in touch with The Fire Fighters Charity, an organisation which supports them and their families.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has staged a number of fund-raising events for the charity in recent times and won the Team of the Year accolade at this year's Spirit of Fire Awards in recognition of the £14,000 it raised for the Fire Fighters Charity via a 463-mile cycle ride from Oxford to Bonn, which was undertaken by 21 staff.

Some of the firefighters from Bonn will have also travelled to Oxford for the event with a fire-engine from Bonn Fire and Rescue Service.

Meet your Fire and Rescue Service

Mr Etheridge said: "People in Oxfordshire are fortunate to have one of the very best Fire and Rescue Services around and this public event to mark our 40th anniversary is a fantastic opportunity to meet residents and show them the work that we do.

"I encourage anyone in Oxford on Saturday to come along, look around the fire-engine and equipment which is used every day. There will also be a chance for us to help any residents or business with safety advice to ensure we continue on our journey to ensure this is a safe county for everyone.

"It is also a good chance to highlight the fantastic work that The Fire Fighters Charity does for serving and retired firefighters and their family. There is a real focus locally on putting as many people as we can in touch with the charity so they can assist them."