Local fire stations throw open their doors to the public

Penrith MP Stuart Ayres has urged locals to get along to FRNSW annual open day this Saturday, May 20.
Penrith MP Stuart Ayres has urged locals to get along to FRNSW annual open day this Saturday, May 20.

Locals can get a glimpse of life as a firefighter on May 20 as Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) holds its annual open day.

Stations including Penrith, Regentville, and Cranebrook will open from 10 am to 2pm this Saturday, giving the public the chance to meet local firefighters and learn about fire prevention.

“Iit’s a great opportunity for people of all ages to come along and meet our local firefighters,” Penrith MP Stuart Ayres said in a statement.

“Children will be able to climb aboard a fire engine, see firefighting equipment up close and take home an educational Brigade Kids activity booklet. 

“For the grown-ups, it’s a good opportunity to speak with the professionals to find out more about fire prevention, get advice on installing or replacing smoke alarms and preparing a home fire escape plan.”

Emergency Services Minister Troy Grant said FRNSW was focusing on fire prevention in the kitchen this year, urging people to ‘Keep Looking When Cooking’ and avoid a potentially fatal cooking-related fire injury.

“With winter coming, it’s important FRNSW works with the community to remind us all that almost half of all home fires start in the kitchen, usually when people get distracted and leave things to burn on the stovetop,” Mr Grant said.

“I hope the community takes the time this FRNSW Open Day to visit a local station to meet the hardworking men and women who selflessly respond to all manner of emergencies and learn from the experts about home fire safety.”

For further details on participating fire stations visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au