Volunteers get all fired up

NSW Rural Fire Service volunteers from the Wyrallah Brigade (l-r) Chris Davey, Sam Leary, Anthony Davey and Tim Davey are encouraging people to take advantage of this Saturdays NSW RFS open day.

Putting out a fire, rescuing a passenger from a burning car or sitting in a shiny big fire truck are just some of things people can experience this Saturday, September 16, when local brigades open their doors for the NSW Rural Fire Service annual open day.

As well as meeting the many volunteers who spend their days saving lives and homes, kids can clamber on the fire tankers, put on a firies hat and play lets pretend while the grown-ups can learn about how the fire brigade works and how to be prepared for the bushfire season.

Were going to have lots of live demos on the day, said Wyrallah Fire Brigade volunteer Sam Leary. Weve got a hot training facility and a smoke house so the public will get the chance to really get involved in fire fighting.

Depending on which brigade you visit, there will be a loads of things to do including colouring-in competitions, cake stalls, prizes for the kids and the opportunity to get to know your local volunteer firies. You can also find out how to become a volunteer yourself.

I volunteered 10 years ago to do my bit for local community and to make some new friends, said Inspector Daniel Ainsworth, who is now the RFS community safety officer for the Northern Rivers. We are always looking for new volunteers and its not just about frontline firefighting. Depending on your skills, there is radio communications, catering and community education. Youre not always on the end of the hose.

The following brigades will be open this Saturday:

Caniaba from 12-4pm; Clunes from 9am-3pm; Tullera (at Tullera Park) from 10am-1pm; Wyrallah from 12-5pm; Hanging Rock from 10am-3pm; Lennox Head from 10am-2pm; Federal from 10am-2pm; Kyogle from 8am-12pm; Grevillia from 10am-12pm; Woodburn from 10am-3pm; Yorklea from 10am-3pm; and Mummulgum from 10am-12pm.

For more information phone Daniel Ainsworth on 0415 568 668 or visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au.

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