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Published date: Saturday, 18 May 2019
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Hundreds of fire stations across the state opened their doors to the community today for Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Open Day, inviting people to learn more about Australia’s largest urban fire and rescue service.
A range of free activities were on display, including firefighting demonstrations, station tours and safety presentations.
Families had the opportunity to get up close with firefighters, firetrucks and special equipment while learning about the critical work they do to protect the community.
Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott said the Open Day was a chance to thank their local firies for their commitment to protecting life and property.
“The brave men and women of Fire and Rescue NSW put their lives on the line to keep the community safe,” Mr Elliott said.
“Anyone who puts their own safety at risk for the community is a hero in my books, and Open Day is an opportune time to thank these heroes for the work they do every day.”
FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter said the Open Day was an opportunity to show people that FRNSW firefighters do so much more than fight fires.
“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,” he said.
“Our firefighters do fight fires and save people from burning buildings, but our mission and capabilities extend far beyond fire response.
“Open Day is a great time to talk to 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 lounge rooms due to things like heaters and electric blankets.”