Hemel Hempstead Fire Station welcomed 1,200 people to its open day over the weekend.
Children got involved in a number of fire safety-related activities including a chip pan demonstration, and even learned about the service’s work on road traffic incidents with a car that can be cut apart to show how rescues are carried out.
The action-packed day also featured fairground rides, vintage fire engine displays and a barbecue at the base in Queensway, Hemel Hempstead.
Fire investigation dog Reqs was due to attend but fires across the county meant he had to work instead.
Station administrator Debbie Allan said: “It was really good, we were pleased with the turnout and how it went.
“We still have more donations to come in but so far we have counted £355, which will be donated to the Fire Fighters’ Charity and Great Ormond Street Hospital.
“We also want to say thank you to the local businesses who donated gifts towards the raffle.”
The businesses which helped included Beauty and the Beach, Studio 57, Dusty Hairdressers, Nail Artistry and Gifts, The Protein Place, Fretz, House of Elliott, Tesco and Kelly’s Kreations.