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Fire and Rescue NSW to host annual Open Day

An Open Day next Saturday 15 May is hoping to give the community a glimpse at the life of their local firefighters. 

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) will host the events at stations across the state in the lead-up to winter. 

Raymond Terrace FRNSW Acting Captain Giacomo Arnott hopes Hunter residents can rally around the occasion, too.

“Our Open Days are a great opportunity for the community to visit their local station and learn about what their firefighters do,” he said.

“They can also find out about fire safety especially as we go into the winter months. 

“Fifty per cent of residential house fires start in the kitchen, so our main message is keep looking when cooking.

“We suggest having a fire blanket in case of oil fires – never put water on them, don’t overload powerboards and if you’re using a heater don’t put combustible items near it.”

A number of activities will be on offer at Open Day.

Children will be able to see a fire truck, demonstrations and firefighting equipment while the grown-ups can to find out more about home fire safety.

Fire and Rescue Raymond Terrace Acting Captain Giacomo Arnott with firefighters Isabel Rios, James Blanch and Bernie Viemeier. Photo: Peter Stoop

Fire and Rescue NSW Assistant Commissioner Trent Curtin says a vital part of their role in the community is to educate others. 

He hopes those who attend the Open Day leave with a greater understanding of how they can be prepared. 

“This year we are focussing on the importance of having a working smoke alarm in your home,” he said. 

“Each year, approximately 20 people die in NSW from fires that could have been prevented. 

“Sadly, almost all of these fatalities occur in people’s homes. Each death is a tragic loss for families, friends and the wider community.

“Additionally, for each fire fatality, there are also hundreds more people who survive a fire but suffer life-changing health consequences.

“Firefighters are committed to reducing the risk of such fires and to protecting the irreplaceable.”

Stations at Raymond Terrace, Cessnock, Stockton and Cardiff are just a few of the spots around the region participating in the Open Day. 

Go to fire.nsw.gov.au/openday to find your nearest event.  

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