Sparks to fly at fire brigade open day

Gearing up for Saturdays open day are (l-r) Goonellabah Fire Station retained firefighter Crystal Maher, deputy captain Ray Eggins, station officer Andrew McQuade and captain Kevin Muldoon. Below: The Fat Fire Simulator that will be fired up on the day.

To coincide with the introduction of new smoke alarm laws, NSW Fire Brigades has brought forward its annual open day to this Saturday, April 29.

The new laws make it compulsory for a smoke alarm to be fitted in any building where people sleep, and according to Goonellabah Fire Station captain Kevin Muldoon, Saturday is good opportunity to discuss the new requirements with trained firefighters.

Goonellabah Fire Stations open day has become quite an event over the past few years, with hundreds of people turning up to talk about fire safety, enjoy a free sausage sizzle, inspect the engines and see demonstrations of the latest fire equipment. This year the station will be firing up the new Fat Fire Simulator, which highlights the dangers of using water to extinguish burning oil.

The Goonellabah Fire Station will also have four vehicles on display an antique 1917 Garford fire truck, a 1932 Dennis fire truck, the current Type II firefighting truck and the brand new Hazardous Materials Van.

The event is a great family day out and kids can clamber on the fire engines and meet the firefighters, who will reinforce important fire safety messages, said firefighter, Crystal Maher. Kids can even have their photo taken with Inspector Bernie Cinders, the NSW Fire Brigades mascot.

The open runs from 10am-2pm.

Other local stations opening for the day include Lismore, Casino, Ballina, Alstonville, Banaglow, Coraki, Evans Head and Kyogle.


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