Firefighters from across the former Gosford Shire will throw open their station doors on May 18 as part of Fire and Rescue NSW’s 2019 Open Day.
The annual event sees fire stations across the state welcome their communities into their base of operations to gain a firsthand look at what Australia’s largest urban fire and rescue service get up to.
Gosford, Kariong, Wyoming, Saratoga, Kincumber and Terrigal Fire Stations are all taking part on the day and will be open from 10am to 2pm.
Each station will deliver a range of free activities including station tours, safety presentations and firefighting demonstrations.
Families will also have the opportunity to inspect a firetruck and other firefighting equipment and to just chat with their local firefighters about their work.
Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner Mr Paul Baxter, said the annual Open Day was an opportunity to show the general public that firefighters do so much more than just fight fires.
“Our fire fighters do fight fires and do save people from burning buildings, but our mission and our capabilities extend beyond fire response.
“From road crashes, hazardous material incidents, natural disasters to urban search and rescue and humanitarian relief, our firefighters are prepared for anything and ready to help anyone, anytime, anywhere,” Mr Baxter said.
Mr Baxter also said the Open Day was a great time to talk to local experts about home fire safety in the lead up to winter.
“On average we see a 10 per cent increase in the number of home fires during the winter months with more fires starting in bedrooms and lounge rooms due to things like electric blankets and heaters,” he said.
“So come and meet the team that’s prepared for anything on Open Day and learn how to keep your family safe from fire and other emergencies,” Mr Baxter said.
Media release, May 2
Paul Baxter, Fire and Rescue NSW