For my last post in Schoonhoven we are being treated to multiple displays from the Schoonhoven Brandweer (Fire Service) as part of National Open Monumentendag (Open Monument Day).
This is where numerous organisations open their doors for the day so that the public can learn more about what they do.
Little Mr. has discovered that this fire station is hosting all manner of activities and so we’ve stayed here to take a look and it’s turned out to be very interesting and well worth the detour.
There’s a trailer here too where two of the sides drop down and the fire service can take it out for demonstrations in the community. In this demonstration involves learning what to expect if you ever should need to use your home fire extinguisher and is an excellent way to do it in a controlled environment.
We first watch a teenage girl have a go and then I ask the fireman if he could please do a demonstration so that I can take photographs for my blog, something he is more than happy to do. He says that if anyone ever has the opportunity to have a go in a controlled situation like this one, that they should do so because it will given you real confidence and an extra element of calm that can be a life-saver should a fire break out in your home or workplace.
I’m a bit too tired after all the walking I’ve done on crutches today to attempt this, but directly after these photos were taken Himself had a go and said that the experience was a real revelation: knowing afterwards what to expect definitely made him far more confident that he could handle our extinguisher at home without hesitation if ever the need arose.
Lastly there was the decompression diving tank, with the duikteam (diving team) divers inside.
It was difficult to get photographs because reflections in the very thick porthole windows showed the background behind me, but I managed a few interesting shots, even right to the other side of the tank where people were looking in windows on the opposite side.
We manage to see everything on display and are only a little behind schedule in getting back to the car and back to Den Haag (The Hague) for our 2.00 p.m. appointment. The whole family is unanimous this day out has been a total success, even with the combined themes of Fire and Ice (cream)!