Come and meet your local firies

Come along: Taree, Wingham and Forster fire stations will host open days on May 19. They will run from 10am to 2pm. Photo: Scott Calvin.
Come along: Taree, Wingham and Forster fire stations will host open days on May 19. They will run from 10am to 2pm. Photo: Scott Calvin.

It’s that time of the year when the community gets a firsthand look into the life of a firefighter.

On Saturday, May 19, Fire and Rescue NSW stations in Taree, Wingham and Forster will stage open days between 10am and 2pm.

A range of activities will be held such as firefighting demonstrations, station tours and safety presentations.

Taree Fire Station commander Peter Willard said families will be able to visit the station to meet local firefighters as well as learn more about home fire safety and fire prevention. 

“We’re going to have lots of activities, you’ll get the chance to see our appliances and all our equipment. 

“Taree’s going to have a kitchen fire simulator and Forster are going to do a rescue simulation.

“It’s a great opportunity to see the skills these men and women have and how we train for any situation to help protect our community,” Commander Willard said.

There will be plenty of giveaways and a barbecue for a gold coin donation.

Firefighters will also be able to provide practical advice on installing or replacing smoke alarms as well as preparing a home fire escape plan. 

Commander Willard added that the event gives children the opportunity to learn the importance of fire safety.

“It’s extremely important the younger we get them and teach them the dangers of fire, the safer we can make our communities,” Commander Willard said.

All children will take home a “Brigade Kids” activity booklet that teaches them vital fire safety lessons. 

Commander Willard said Fire and Rescue NSW firefighters do so much more than just battle blazes.

“This year we are reminding people about the wide range of our capabilities,” Commander Willard said.

“From chemical spills, car accidents and natural disasters to education, prevention and humanitarian relief, across the State, across the country and even overseas, our firefighters are prepared for anything, anywhere, anytime.”

Commander Willard added that the open day coincides with Fire and Rescue NSW’s campaign of winter and cooking fire safety.