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On the 2 September 2020 we held our first ever virtual open day.

Unfortunately due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, all of our Fire Station Open Days had to be cancelled this year in line with current lockdown restrictions. Despite this we were determined to give you the chance to meet some of the people who work to keep you safe, where they work and the equipment they use.  Of course we can’t forget that everyone loves a dog, so we have also taken the opportunity to catch up with our very own fire investigation dog Dexter.

Throughout the day we released a series of videos that we hope everyone found interesting. 

These are all still available, just click on the links in the schedule below to view each video.

Event Schedule

1d 13h 33m 10s

11:00 - Meet Dexter the Fire Investigation Dog

MGM style logo with dexter the fire investigation dog

Watch our first virtual open day video and meet Dexter, the East Midlands Fire Investigation Dog with a finely tuned nose for the job and a passion for tennis balls.

Get an insight into the work of the fire investigation dog Dexter and his handler Watch Manager Dave Coss.

Click here to watch

11.30 - Dexter and Freckle Animation – The Fire Plan

clipart of dexter and freckle the fire investigation dogs

Our second virtual open day video is an animated story aimed at young children.

Produced originally as part of our schools education programme, we have created an animated cartoon version of Dexter and our previous fire investigation dog, Freckle, using them in a great little story to help younger children understand the dangers of fire and how to keep safe. A great video for parents to show to their children.

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12:00 - How and why do we cut a car?

close up of firefighter removing car roof with cutters

Join us as we catch up with the Firefighters from Ilkeston Station Red Watch as they demonstrate cutting a car roof off.

Crews remove the roof from a car when they need to get a casualty out of a car at the scene of a road traffic collision. 

Meet the crew themselves, see the equipment they use and how they use it and learn how to keep safe on the road.

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12:30 - Our Year 2019/20

clipart our year 2019/20

Want to know more about your Fire and Rescue Service in Derbyshire?

Our Year 2019/20 is an animated film which celebrates the work of Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service and its key achievements in 2019/20.

Click here to watch

13:00 - My chip pan’s on fire

Chip pan on fire

Did you know that kitchen fires account for over 80% of all accidental house fires?

Join our Community Safety Officer Larry and Community Safety Officer Georgia for a demonstration of what not to do in the event of a kitchen fire, and to learn more about the role of a community safety officer in Derbyshire and how you can stay safe in your home.

Click here to watch

13:15 - Flame Games – Know the consequences!

word flame in red on background of real flames

Another short film produced to help educate young people, this time about the consequences of deliberate fire setting.

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13:30 - What’s in the locker?

close up of fire hose nozzles on fire engine

Join us as we catch up with the crew at Swadlincote Blue Watch.

Gain an insight in to the equipment we carry on a fire engine and what we use it for.

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14:00 - Weir here to talk water safety

overhead shot of firefighter in canoe

Have you ever wondered how our crews carry out their water rescue training?

Join us as we catch up with Firefighters from Staveley White Watch as they carry out a water rescue training exercise while telling you about some of the dangers going into open water.

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14:30 - We’re in Control

over the shoulder shot of control operator looking at 3 screens

Have you ever wondered who is on the other end of the phone when you dial 999 in an emergency?

Gain a behind the scenes look at how our control room operates and meet some of the team taking the 999 emergency calls for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

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15:00 - Biker Down

2 people stood next to bike and fire engine

Are you a biker?

In 2019 40% of all road deaths in Derbyshire were motorcyclists, a stark statistic especially when you consider that bikers make up only 1% of all road users!

Join our Biker Down team from Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service and Derbyshire police as they talk to you about staying safe on the road and what to do if you came across an accident involving a motorbike.

Click here to watch

15:30 - Close

fire officer stood in front of headquarter's building speaking to camera

Group Manager Nathan Stevens thanks you for watching and taking part in our first ever virtual open day.

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Think Sprinkler

There is clear evidence that sprinklers can be effective in stopping fires spreading and putting them out.

Blue Light Aware

The crews of emergency service vehicles rely on the help of other road users when they are on a blue light journey.

Biker Down

Biker Down is a 3 hour course covering accident scene management, first aid and the science of being seen.

Community Contract

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) protects the communities of Derbyshire by preventing fires and emergencies from occurring.


FireStoppers gives people an anonymous way to report what they know about deliberate firesetting.