Sitting in traffic waiting for the red lights to turn green, the distant wailing siren is getting closer. With their keen hearing, the kids peer around their windows to see where the bright red fire engine would appear with its flashing lights. Suddenly it's in view, the kids scream "fire engine" before it flies round the corner with the resounding sirens slowly diminishing into the distance, the small reminder that they had passed by.
Just to give you a small reminder of what the Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) team do, a Fire Station Open Day will be held on Saturday, 21 May 2016.
Fire Stations across the state will be open from 10am to 2pm giving NSW residents, especially children, a chance to meet their local firefighters, and see fire engines and firefighting equipment up close.
I want to be a firefighter when I grow up.
As we are headed into winter, with the increased use of fires and heaters, the Fire Station Open Day is a great opportunity to learn more about fire prevention.
A range of free activities will be on offer including firefighting demonstrations, station tours and fire safety presentations, including advice about installing smoke alarms, changing smoke alarm batteries and preparing a home fire escape plan.
The focus will be on the recently rescued state treasure that is Pyrmont Fire Station. It was built in 1906 by noted architect Walter Liberty Vernon (1846-1914), who also responsible for designing David Jones building on George Street, Central Railway station, Annandale Post Office, Darlinghurst Fire Station and the façade and old wing of the Art Gallery of NSW just to name a few.
An interesting tidbit is that the Pyrmont Fire Station was built reinforced from the ground up to withstand any natural disaster such as an earthquake. In its 110 years of history, it started off as a fire station, then shortly after World War II it was closed down due to budget cuts and converted into dormitory accommodation for factory workers that were living in the local area at the time. In the 1970s, it was reclaimed by the firefighters and converted back into a fire station, however the first and second floors were boarded up and rumoured to be haunted with ghosts.
In 2015, Pyrmont Fire Station was refurbished with the first and second floors opened up as office space for the Fire and Rescue staff members. If you get a chance, have a sticky beak and see if there is any truth to the rumour about ghosts.
City of Sydney Fire Station
Fire Stations within NSW have been listed below.
189 Wyndham St Alexandria NSW 2015 (02) 9318 4320
100-106 West Botany St Arncliffe NSW 2205 (02) 9597 4130
Victoria St (cnr Norton St) Ashfield NSW 2131 (02) 9798 6214