Derbyshire Police and Fire 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, August 4, 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 firefighters 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.

With a Safer Derbyshire at the core of the event, visitors will also have the opportunity to trial a virtual reality road safety experience, the VR4 Car which has been built into a Ford Focus car, or try out the latest road safety virtual reality goggles.

Several lucky visitors* will have the chance to take a trip, accompanied by firefighters, up in the Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP). The ALP will give the lucky visitors a chance to take in some breath-taking views of the stunning Derbyshire Countryside from high over the training centre.

Younger visitors will have the opportunity to look around a fire engine, sit in a police car and also the chance to be selected to take part in demonstrations by Dexter, the fire investigation dog and police search dogs.

To increase the family experience, a children’s entertainment section will feature a bouncy castle, teacup ride, face painting and a miniature ride-on fire engine. There will be a small charge for children’s rides with a percentage of all takings being donated to the Fire Fighters Charity and the Chief Constables chosen charity, Safe and Sound, which works to fight sexual exploitation.

Derbyshire’s Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Terry McDermott said: “We are extremely proud of the new joint training centre, and the open day provides the perfect chance to show if off to our communities - the very people who our firefighters and police officers train to protect and keep safe.

“Fire station open days are always a fun and informative day out for the whole family, and I know that everyone who comes along to this event, whether it be a family wanting to know more about the work we do, or a young child who is inspired to be a firefighter or police officer in the future; I know they will all have a memorable day.”

Hardyal Dhindsa, Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, said: “We’re really proud of the relationship we’ve built with our fire service colleagues which has resulted in this fantastic joint training facility. This fun event will be a chance to celebrate this unique partnership with the wider community as well as showcase some of the joint operational responses we’ve rehearsed to improve safety across Derbyshire.  

“There’s immense value in opening our doors to the public in this way and giving local people a realistic, behind-the-scenes look at what we do. The public remain a key partner in our work to create safer communities and it’s nice to be able to show our appreciation with this exciting family day out which promises to bring everybody together.”  

Derbyshire’s Chief Constable, Peter Goodman said “I am so pleased that we are able to open up our Joint Training Centre to the public. It will give everyone who attends a chance to see behind the scenes of both the police and fire & rescue service. Those attending will be able to meet police officers and staff, see some great demonstrations and try out the equipment both services use.

“We will also be showing how the police and fire & rescue service are working together to help keep Derbyshire safe. I will be there on the day, and I look forward to welcoming everyone, for what is set to be a really informative and enjoyable day”  

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*ALP COMPETITION - Names will be drawn at random from visitors who will be invited to give their names at one of the event stands. Entrants to the ALP trip competition will have to be 18 years and over. DFRS reserves the right to refuse access to the ALP to anyone who they feel may pose a safety risk, to themselves or the Service. Height restrictions will apply.


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, August 4, 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. See the PDF entitled Directions and Site Map for more details.

 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?

A. Mini ride-on fire engine - £TBC

Children’s face painting - £3 for full face & £1 for hand/cheek

Bouncy castle - £2 (for 10 mins)

Small inflatable slide - £2 (for 5 gos)

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 our Chief Constable's chosen charity 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)




Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Service

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.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.