Gloucester Fire Station's annual open day

Gloucester firefighters will open the doors to its stations along with hundreds of others across NSW for the Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Open Day.

On Saturday, May 18 from 10am to 2pm the community is invited to learn more about Australia's largest urban fire and rescue service at Gloucester Fire Station, 40 King Street.

There will be a range of free activities including firefighting demonstrations, station tours and safety presentations.

Families can also see fire trucks and firefighting and rescue equipment up close and chat to local firefighters about the critical work they do to keep communities safe.

FRNSW Commissioner, Paul Baxter said Open Day was an opportunity to show people that FRNSW firefighters do so much more than fight fires.

"Our firefighters do fight fires and save people from burning buildings, but our mission and our capabilities extend far beyond fire response," he said.

"From road crashes, hazardous material incidents and natural disasters to urban search and rescue and humanitarian relief, our firefighters are prepared for anything and ready to help anyone, anytime, anywhere."

Commissioner Baxter said Open Day was also a great time to talk to the experts about home fire safety in the lead up to winter.

"We see a 10% increase in the number of home fires during the winter months, with more fires starting in bedrooms and loungerooms due to things like heaters and electric blankets," he said.

"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."

For more information and to find out if your local fire station is participating in Open Day visit: www.fire.nsw.gov.au/openday