Fire and Rescue NSW Open Day

Ray Fitzgerald  and Rhea Holstein from Gloucester Fire and Rescue.

Ray Fitzgerald and Rhea Holstein from Gloucester Fire and Rescue.

Firefighters are encouraging people to visit their local fire station for the Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) annual Open Day on Saturday, May 20.

Gloucester’s station will be open from 10am to 2pm and families are encouraged to come along and meet their local firefighters and learn more about fire prevention.

FRNSW Commissioner, Paul Baxter said 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,” he said.

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

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

Commissioner Baxter said FRNSW is focusing on fire prevention in the kitchen this year, urging people to “Keep Looking When Cooking”.

“Almost half of all house fires start in the kitchen, usually when people fail to keep an eye on the stovetop,” he said.

“Regrettably, hundreds of injuries occur every year from cooking-related fires, and people have lost their lives as a result.”

Commissioner Baxter said Open Day is also a great opportunity to talk to firefighters on how you can protect your home from fire.

For more information about Open Day, visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au