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AT THE READY… Ammanford Fire Station in the town's High Street – venue for the forthcoming Open Day organised by the Dyfed Fire Service.

Splat that Rat
SPLAT THAT…Emily Biella from
Ammanford and Victoria Dawney from Betws – both aged 11 – try their hands
at ‘Splat the Rat' during the town's fire brigade Open Day.

JOIN IN THE FUN AND HELP A GOOD CAUSE!

4th JULY 1994
PHOTO: JAMES DAVIES
STORY: NOT KNOWN

Ammanford fire fighters this year aim to make the station's annual open day the biggest charity fund raiser so far in a bid to help the tow's special needs unit.

After falling victim to a suspected arson attack which caused thousands of pounds worth of damage earlier this year, Ammanford Junior School's special needs unit was left without electricity and had to close for more than a week.

Expensive and hard to replace equipment ranging from specialist bicycles, toys and Christmas decorations were lost in the fire, added to the substantial damage done to the unit itself.

Now, with the annual open day all set for Saturday, July 2, hopes are high that extra large numbers of local people will be attracted to the charity event this year.

“About 500 people come to the open day every year but this time we are hoping for even more public support because it's for a worthy cause.” Clive Smith, treasurer of Ammanford Fire Station's welfare fund, told the Guardian.

“Some of the money raised will go to the fire brigade's National Benevolent Fund but more than half of everything we raise will go to the special needs unit because they deserve it,” he said.

In fact, fund raising gets underway on the Friday evening preceding the open day, with visits to local pubs and clubs bringing in some of the vital cash early on.

On the day itself, Ammanford police and ambulance services combine with the town's fire brigade to give the public demonstrations of emergency equipment.

Arrangements are also underway for a “fly past” by Dyfed Powys police helicopter, although the booking is not yet certain.

One certainty, however, is that at least one of the Ammanford fire fighting team will pass a wet weekend – balanced precariously over a skip full of water as part of a soak a fireman fund raiser.

Now you see him
THERE'S NOTHING TO THIS!…Fire
service volunteer Calvin Jenkins looks
as if he is trying to defy nature by
walking on water.

Now you dont
AH WELL, BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD…
But whatever he's up to it
doesn't work and poor Calvin ends
up disappearing under a bubble of cold water.

The drivers are getting younger every year

HIGH FLYER…Robert Anthony of Llandybie takes his turn at operating the brigade's turntable ladder during the Open Day.

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