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Derbyshire Fire And Police Joint Open Day


Members of the community from across Derbyshire are invited to attend the first ever fun, informative and interactive family open day taking place on Saturday 4 August 2018 at the joint police and fire training centre in Ripley, Derbyshire. 

Doors will open at 10.30am and visitors will be treated to a behind the scenes insight into the work of Derbyshire’s blue light emergency services and their partners.

Packed with joint police and fire demonstrations throughout the day, including cutting casualties out of road traffic collisions, police officers using drones and our famous four legged fire and police investigation dogs doing their thing, the event will also provide our communities the chance to get up close to some of the equipment used daily by firefighters, police officers and paramedics in pursuit of a Safer Derbyshire. 

So make sure you put the date in your diaries and come along to what will be a great day out for the whole family! Check the posters below for further details and the FAQs section for any questions you may have.

*Schedule of events will be added shortly.

Police and Fire Joint Open Day Police and Fire Joint Open Day - Directions

FAQ’s Police and Fire Open Day

Q. When is the open day and where is it being held?

A. The first ever Derbyshire Police and Fire Open Day is being held on Saturday 4 August 2018 at the joint training centre, Ripley, Derbyshire. 

Q. How can I find the venue?

A. Use the postcode DE5 3RS for directions. You will be directed where to park by stewards once on site.

Q. What time does the open day run from and to?

A. Gates are open from 10.30am until 4pm.

Q. Do I need to pay to get into the open day?

A. No the event is free to enter. However there will be a small charge for the children’s rides*/entertainment and refreshments.   

Q. Do I need a ticket or can I just turn up?

A. Tickets are not required.  Just turn up and enjoy the event.

Q. Where do I park, is there any disabled parking and is parking free?

A. There is ample free parking available at the Headquarters site. Please use post code DE5 3RS when using navigation technology. Car parks are a short 5 minute walk to the open day venue.  

Regular shuttle mini buses will transport visitors to and from the venue if they choose not to walk the short route.

Disabled Parking: A community mini bus with a lift/disabled access will be making regular trips to and from the venue from HQ car parks.

Q. Will there be any public toilets at the open day?

A. Yes, there will be public toilets, as well as disabled and baby changing facilities.

Q. Will there be any refreshments available?

A. Yes, there will be a choice of retail catering facilities on site. 

Q. What children’s rides will there be and what will the cost be?


Mini ride-on fire engine £2  
Children’s face painting £3 (full face)
Children's face painting £1 (hand/ cheek)
Bouncy castle £2 (for 10 mins)
Small inflatable slide £2 (for 5 go’s)
Teacups ride £2  
Prize every time striker £3  

A percentage of the takings from the rides will be split between the Fire Fighters Charity and Safe and Sound.

Q. What can I see and do at the open day?  Will there be any other organisations there other than fire and police?

A. There will be numerous stands showcasing Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, Derbyshire Constabulary and our partners.   

*Stands/exhibits include (these may be subject to change if emergency response needs take priority on the day):

(D) = Demonstrations on the day

  • Dexter the Fire Investigation Dog (D)
  • Derbyshire Constabulary Search Dog
  • Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Fire engines and equipment carried on them
  • Aerial Ladder Platform (D)
  • Water rescue boat and crew of firefighters
  • Unimog (4x4) All terrain operational vehicle (fire)
  • Large animal rescue unit – featuring ‘Randy’ the life size horse mannequin
  • Joint fire and police response to car fire (D)
  • Joint response to a road traffic collision and cutting casualty out of the car (D)
  • Demonstration of fire working at height (D)
  • EMAS - East Midlands Ambulance (HART) Hazardous Area Response Team
  • EMAS Patient Transfer Services with ambulance – recruiting volunteer drivers.
  • A&E ambulance team with ambulance
  • Community First responders offering training on CPR.
  • Police Community Support Officers
  • Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership
  • Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service VR4 Car (virtual reality experience) (D)
  • Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service VR Goggles
  • Recruitment information – Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service
  • On-Call firefighter recruitment
  • Opportunity to carry out Job Related Tests (JRTs) for On-Call FF recruitment
  • Kitchen fire safety stand – chip pan fire demonstration (D)
  • Smoke house challenge
  • Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service’s Extrication Team (D)
  • Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service Mascot - Bleep (Smoke Alarm)
  • Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service inflatable fire safety game
  • Salvation Army incident support
  • Red Cross
  • Fire Fighters Charity
  • Safe and Sound
  • St Johns Ambulance
  • NHS Organ and Blood Donation
  • Blood Bikes
  • Community Safety Partnership
  • HART (Hazardous Area Response Team)
  • SV2
  • Refuge
  • Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Service

*To include but not limited to.

Fun Attractions

Small cost applies - % to go to charity

  • Mini ride-on fire engine
  • Face painting
  • Bouncy castle
  • Ice cream van
  • Hotdog/ burger van
  • Small inflatable slide
  • Prize every time striker
  • Teacups ride

Q. Will photographs be taken at the open day?

A. Yes.  Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service and Derbyshire Constabulary will be taking photographs for use in corporate promotional materials.  This includes promotion of the event via their social media channels throughout the open day.

Photography warning signs, in line with both organisations privacy notices, will be displayed on the day.

Anyone attending the open day not wishing to be photographed should make themselves known to the organisers.

Q. Will the open day still take place if it’s raining?

A. Yes.  If it’s raining, bring a brolly and coat – the show will go on!

Q. Can I bring my dog?

A. Yes.  We want families to enjoy the day and therefore the family dog is more than welcome. Dog watering points will be provided.

A few rules apply:

  • Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.
  • You must clean up after your dog – general waste bins will be placed around the site.
  • The event manager may request removal of any dog deemed to be dangerous, or causing a general nuisance.  

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