This is a yearly event that the kids look forward to. They always gravitate towards the bright flashing lights and blaring sirens as they are on their way to where they are needed.
Fire Station Open Day 2015
The public is invited to see what it's like to be a firefighter during 2015 Fire and Rescue NSW Fire Station Open Day on Saturday 30 May. Fire Stations across Sydney will be open from 10am to 2pm, with sausage sizzles on offer for families and visitors visiting the local firefighters.
This day is a perfect excuse to have the kids dressed up as firefighters and act out their "Fireman Sam" tendencies.
See how technology has progressed with the cutting edge firefighting helmets with built in radio technology and lighting that provides greater protection and clearer communications in the instances of an emergency.
On Open Day, the Fire and Rescue vehicles are parked out front demonstrating rescues with the cherry picker. A range of free activities are on offer including firefighting demonstrations, station tours and fire safety presentations. The kids are able to hop into the fire engines to discover and explore the world of firefighters. The firefighters also give a tour of the vehicles and tools used, such as something that looks like the "jaws of life" and it's good to see the kids on their best behaviour rather than imitating naughty Norman Price.
The firefighters are amazing people that are trained in first aid, fit for their job, battle heat and exhaustion to save homes, save lives, clean up contaminated sites and keep us safe. It's fabulous seeing women working in a male dominated field providing aspiring role models and the message that men and women can do this this job really well.
The highlight of the day for the kids last year was holding the different hoses and being able to release the lever and feel the power of the water surging through. This was the only time they were speechless, and they wanted to have more than one go of holding the hose.
Having a go on the hose
Want to be apart of the action? How about donning the uniform and firing the hose. The Open Day is fun for all the family. Find your local Fire and Rescue NSW fire station and book this event into your diary.