FIRED UP - REGION’S BRIGADES ON DISPLAY THIS SATURDAY
Fire stations at Tamworth, Gunnedah, Werris Creek, West Tamworth, Barraba, Walcha and Manilla are among the hundreds of fire stations across the state opening their doors to the community on Saturday.
Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson said the open day was all about community members learning more about fire and rescue services.
“This is a chance for locals to gain a better understanding of the work firefighters do every day to protect the community.
“I urge families across the region head down to their local fire station to have a chat to their local firefighters, learn how to be fire-safe, and say thank-you for their bravery.
“There’s a lot happening with NSW Fire and Rescue in this area with plans in hand for the construction of Tamworth’s new 24 hour, seven-day-a-week fire station about to begin construction.
“This new station will serve the region for the next 50 years so it’s going to be state-of-the-art.
“The open day events will have a range of free activities, including firefighting demonstrations, station tours and safety presentations.
“This will give families the opportunity to get up close with firefighters, firetrucks and special equipment while learning about the critical work they do to protect the community.
“It’s also a great chance to thank their local firies for their commitment to protecting life, property the community safe.
“The open day is a great time to talk to experts about home fire safety in the lead up to winter.
“We see a 10 per cent increase in the number of home fires during the winter months, with more fires starting in bedrooms and lounge rooms due to things like heaters and electric blankets,” Mr Anderson concluded.