Firefighters open station Saturday

Maddy and Bobby Male, Jake Cheney, Millie and Bella Male and Will Cheney with their firefighter hats and goody bags at last year's fire station open day.
Maddy and Bobby Male, Jake Cheney, Millie and Bella Male and Will Cheney with their firefighter hats and goody bags at last year's fire station open day.

Firefighters are encouraging people to visit Forbes Fire Station for the Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) annual Open Day on Saturday, May 19.

Forbes Fire Station will be open from 10am to 2pm and families can go along and meet their local firefighters and learn more about home fire safety and fire prevention.

A range of free activities will be on offer; including firefighting demonstrations, station tours and fire safety presentations.

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

Children will be able to see the fire engines and firefighting equipment up close – always a highlight of this much-anticipated day.

They’ll also be able to take home a “Brigade Kids” activity booklet, which teaches them vital fire safety lessons.

Station Officer Captain Brian Clarke said FRNSW firefighters - who are amongst the most highly trained in the world - do so much more than just fight fires.

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

Station Officer Clarke said Open Day is a great opportunity to talk to the experts about making homes fire-safe ahead of winter.

“Why not come along to Forbes Fire Station this Open Day and hear about all the things we do in the community,” he said.

With the onset of cooler weather last week, Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is urging residents to take every precaution to avoid a fire in the home.

FRNSW Community Safety and Research Chief Superintendent Mick Morris said the cooler months see a 10% increase in the number of home fires, with more fires in bedrooms and loungerooms due to heaters and electric blankets.

“Don’t put yourself or your family at risk. We want to remind people to be careful when using heaters and to keep everything in the house ‘a metre from the heater’,” he said.

For more information on how to avoid fires in the home this winter, visit https://www.fire.nsw.gov.au/page.php?id=879