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May 22, 2015

Dial 112, There Is An Emergency Day Out!

Filed under: Activities,DELFT,Exhibitions,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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I’m on medical leave from work, so not eligible for annual leave.

That was tough last year when the rest of the family went on holiday without me, but every now and again we managed a weekend event as a family.

This particular one came about after a mention from  one of my sister in laws  who lives in Delft and knew that this would be right up Little Mr’s street.

It was an Open Day for the local fire service, called “112 Dag”  (pronounced “ain ain tway darg” 112 Day,  the 112 part being the telephone number you need to dial for emergency services in the Netherlands).

Little Mr was jumping around as if he was stepping on hot coals,  so excited was he to be ticking down the days.

We tried to get there early but it seems like half of Delft and the Hague had the same idea and it was  seriously busy.

I had doubts about keeping up in the crowd but needn’t have worried, Little Mt wanted to stop at everything! We joined a queue just inside the main gates where children could take the controls of a crane (under strict adult supervision naturally) and attempt to take a harnessed giant sized Garfield soft toy off a “basket” on the back of a truck, and into a large “basket” (crate with a blanket over it) on the ground.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I don’t know how I might have faired if I’d given it a try, but even the little kids had alarmingly good fine motor skills, probably due to playing games like Nintendo or the Wii, and made it look, well, like child’s play.

Yes of course some of the movements were a bit jerky but I noticed that other adults in the queue also noticed and even more, so did the other kids who became rather competitive which was rather a revelation in boys aged roughly between seven and twelve!

We made our way slowly though the stalls and exhibits, There were more exhibits than just the fire service itself, also associated services: a large tent used in exhumations and (animal) bones on show as they ran information clips suitable for family viewing, a massive ProRail truck trailer that is the mobile operations unit for use in train accidents,  police/fire divers and their boats, some huge army vehicles, various cranes, winches and all sorts of things for every situation imaginable.

There is even a training trailer where the public can see what it’s like to be in a smoke filled room. It wasn’t filled with actual smoke of course and whilst the rest of the family were game to give it a go, I have severe asthma and a lung condition so gave it a miss. They reported that inside you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face and had to rely on the fact that they had one hand on the shoulder of the person in front of them in order to find the way out.

One of the most popular participation events though was the fire engine bay where you could (with help) feel like it was to hold a fire hose with the high pressure water coming out. Needless to say, from observation it was far harder than it looked and that engine bay was pressure cleaned from floor to ceiling in the process!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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2 Comments »

  1. This is a great idea to raise awareness of the work of the fire service.

    Comment by Elaine - I used to be indecisive — May 22, 2015 @ 4:23 pm | Reply

    • Elaine,
      I know, and it’s a brilliant day out for emergency service besotted little boys too LOL!

      Comment by kiwidutch — May 22, 2015 @ 7:07 pm | Reply


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