More than 240 fire stations will be throwing open their doors today for the Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) annual Open Day.
Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said children, as well as adults, can get a behind-the-scenes look inside their local fire station, explore a fire truck and even learn about becoming a firefighter.
“The FRNSW Open Day is a wonderful opportunity for families to see close up what being a firefighter is all about,” Ms Cooke said.
“This year FRNSW is using Open Day to encourage fit and community-minded people in rural and regional parts of NSW to apply to become part-time firefighters.
“Becoming a part-time firefighter means you can receive first class emergency response training and the opportunity to keep your community safe, without having to give up your day job.”
FRNSW Acting Commissioner Megan Stiffler said firefighters will be using the Open Day to encourage households to have a working smoke alarm installed in time for winter.
“Each year around 20 people tragically die in NSW from fires that could have been prevented, while hundreds more suffer life-changing injuries,” Acting Commissioner Stiffler said.
“Our personnel do so much more than fight fires. From road crashes, hazardous material incidents and natural disasters to urban search and rescue, our crews are prepared for anything and ready to help anytime, anywhere.”