A FIRE station open day has raised more than £4,000 for charity.

More than 1,500 people dug deep in their pockets to help Huddersfield Fire Station raise vital funds for two charities close to their hearts.

The annual event held on June 25 saw the shutters to the fire station hauled open wide as visitors were allowed a behind the scenes look at the inner workings of a fire station.

The day culminated in a series of practical activities for fire crews with visitors being shown an aerial rescue demonstration and how to tackle a chip pan fire.

They also re-enacted a rescue using cutting equipment on a vehicle following a road traffic accident.

Station Commander Chris Kirby said: “The event was a fantastic success and to have raised more than £4,000 in just one fire station is a massive achievement.”

He praised his staff, their families and friends and the public. The cash will be split evenly between the Fire Fighters Charity and Marie Curie Cancer to help those locally.

Ann Hodgson, community fundraiser for Marie Curie Cancer Care, said:

“Every £20 donated pays for one full hour of nursing care and all of the money raised in West Yorkshire goes towards funding the local home nursing service.”