THERE will be a free fun day at Haden Cross Fire Station in Cradley Heath this weekend.

The event at the station in Halesowen Road starts at 11am on Saturday (September 7).

It will feature demonstrations of rescues and the chance to explore fire engines, enjoy food, music and entertainment and is designed to launch Sandwell Council's Safer 6 campaign – promoting safety, crime prevention and healthy living across the borough's six towns.

Details of the campaign can be found at at or on Twitter using the #Safer6 hashtag.

There will also be rides for young children and a bouncy castle and people can find out about becoming a fire fighter.

Organisations including local charities and community groups will be promoting their services and free safety and crime prevention advice will be available at the event, which runs until 4pm.

Councillor Maria Crompton, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for safer communities, said: "It's so important that people of all ages know what help and support they can access when they need it.

"We're working with our partner organisations to offer a wide range of extra advice and reassurance as the nights draw in and it's great to have so many services and organisations on board for this 10th annual Safer 6 campaign."

Chief Superintendent Richard Youds, Sandwell Police commander and chair of the Safer Sandwell Partnership, said: "Safer 6 is all about building on the partnership work that happens day in, day out throughout the year.

"We want to make sure our communities feel safe and protected."

Each of Sandwell’s six towns will have a focus week with roadshows and activities during the six-week campaign, which runs from September 7 to October 20.

Rowley Regis has the first focus week during the campaign, running from Saturday’s launch event until 15 September.

Oldbury’s focus week runs from October 7 - 13.

Sandwell Council is leading this year’s campaign with support from Sandwell Police, West Midlands Fire Service and a wide range of partner organisations and community groups.