THIS Saturday take the kids down to the local fire station to meet the local firefighters and learn about home fire safety between 10 am and 2 pm at the Singleton Fire and Rescue (FRNSW) Open Day.
FRNSW Singleton will showcase their broad capabilities, children will be able to see a fire truck, demonstrations and firefighting equipment whilst the grown-ups will be able to find out more about home fire safety.
See event details below.
Open Day is your chance to see the fire trucks in action and check out fire equipment, local firefighters will be on the scene to answer any questions, show you around and help you prepare your home for a safe winter.
Megan Worth, FRNSW firefighter said Open Day is an opportunity to show people that firefighters do so much more than fight fires.
“From fires, road crashes, hazardous material incidents and natural disasters to urban search and rescue, our crew are prepared for anything and are ready to help anytime, anywhere,” Ms Worth said.
“A large part of our role is to educate the community about home fire safety and that’s where Open Day comes in, this year we are focussing on the importance of having a working smoke alarm in your home,” she said.
“Each year, approximately 20 people die in New South Wales from fires that could have been prevented, each death is a tragic loss for families, friends and the wider community,” she said.
“Additionally, for each fire fatality there are hundreds more who survive a fire but will suffer life-changing health consequences,” said Ms Worth.
Singleton FRNSW wants to help residents prepare their homes, and in particular, encourage them to check their smoke alarms and have a Home Fire Escape Plan.
“There is a ten percent increase in the number of house fires during the cooler months, with many fires starting in bedrooms and lounge rooms due to heaters and electric blankets,” said Ms Worth.
“We have developed a get ready for Winter checklist, information can be found 0nline,” she said.
“Please remember to be Covid safe, use the QR code to check-in, stay socially distanced, wear a mask if possible and wash your hands,” said Ms Worth.
Westpac Rescue helicopter will be doing a barbecue on the day in support of FRNSW, Jayne Eather volunteer for the Westpac Helicopter Service said it’s a great opportunity for us to be supporting our local firefighters as part of their annual open day.
“It is very symbolic of the close working relationship between the local emergency services and the Rescue Helicopter when responding to incidents in our local community,” said Ms Eather.
Singleton FRNSW Open Day event details
When: Saturday, May 15;
Where: Singleton Fire and Rescue fire station, 1A Pitt Street;
Time: 10 am to 2 pm;