Youngsters from Horley Row Community Pre-school found out about the work of their local firefighters in a special visit to Horley Fire Station.

The children, who had been learning about different occupations and finding out who is able to help them in the community, enjoyed a close-up look at a fire appliance, explored inside it, were shown safety equipment, and even met the station dog – an important member of the team when it comes to sniffing out hidden casualties in a fire or in searching confined spaces.

Pre-school supervisor Tina Riddle said they had also been visited by a St John's Ambulance service team and community police officers who let the children sit in their patrol car while they told them about safety and stranger danger.

She said: “As part of our celebrations for national play week, we have welcomed a number of visitors to support the children's understanding of the wider community.

“Great big thanks go to all that have supported us in teaching the children about the people in the emergency services who keep us safe every day.”