The Narromine and Trangie Fire brigades will be opening their doors on on Saturday, May 18 to give the community a glimpse of life as a firefighter.
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The Narromine station will be open from 10am to 2pm, and Trangie will be open from 3pm until 5.30pm as part of the Fire and Resuce NSW (FRNSW) open day, delivering a range of free activities including firefighting demonstrations, station tours and safety presentations.
Western Region FRNSW Inspector Anthony Hojel said the open day was a great opportunity for people to talk with the experts about making their homes fire safe ahead of winter and learn what FRNSW does in the community.
"We are there to talk to people about all the different risks that are around," Inspector Hojel said.
He said they see a 10 percent 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.
"We are there to talk about preparing homes in terms of electric blankets to make sure there's no broken coils, keeping your heaters away from any flammable objects ... making sure there's protective screens in front of fire place to prevent embers from spreading a fire," he said.
Firefighters will also be on hand to provide advice about installing or replacing smoke alarms, and discuss special smoke alarms available for the hearing impaired.
Inspector Hojel also said it's an opportunity for people interested in joining FRNSW to ask questions, and for children to see fire trucks, firefighting and rescue equipment up close.
"We're always looking for firefighters, so you might be able to have a chat with firefighters about joining, and put your name down and when we get vacancies we can contact you," he said.
"It's also good opportunity for children to come and have a look and see firefighters are their friends, because we sometimes look a little bit scary when we've got our breathing apparatus on.
"So it's good for kids to see the firefighters are just like normal people when we're not all dressed up for a fire or emergency incident."
The Inspector is encouraging all members of the community to come and meet the team, prepared for anything and learn how to keep their families safe and enjoy a free sausage sizzle.
"It should be a really good day," he said.
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