Firies put on wet and wild show

There was plenty of hands-on action for youngsters.
There was plenty of hands-on action for youngsters.

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) fire Fighters were on the go all day and aided by wonderful weather and enthusiastic, inquisitive local families, the event was a great 

success for second year in a row. 

Station Commander Terry Lomas said he was happy the open day allowed Bombala Fire Station to re-enforce fire safety messages, such as smoke alarms and home safety plans. 

It was also a great opportunity to introduce a new FRNSW ‘emergency+ app’ for smart phones. 

It allows ‘000’ to know your location in tough situations. 

Fire fighter Malcolm Lavender said it was pleasing to be welcomed back into local primary schools over the past week to personally invite the children to the open day.

Mr Lavender said the old siren may no longer ring out to notify fire fighters – pagers and phones messages now do this job – but on Saturday it was an experience for many to hear it as it sounded across Bombala. 

“This year we were fortunate to be able to showcase some of our rescue techniques as we disassembled a vehicle using our hydraulic tools,” Mr Lavender said.

“It was great to be able to have discussions with both parents and children during the display.” 

NSWFB was pleased to supply educational show bags for the children. 

They were a hit with several children starting projects during the day inside the fire station. 

As well as fun activities for the kids it included vital advice on a range of fire safety issues. 

On display throughout the day for everyone touch and try on, where past and present clothing, helmets and equipment. 

Turning the water hose on is always enjoyable while for others climbing aboard the fire truck was a highlight. 

Many role playing as they sat in the driver’s seat activating the lights and sirens.

“For those children who missed out do not worry,” Mr Lavender said.

“Over coming weeks and months they will have the opportunity to get up close to the Fire truck and talk to a fire fighter as we take part in evacuation drills, Fire Ed and Rescue Ed programs at school.” 

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