MONARO FIRIES OPEN DOORS TO THE COMMUNITY

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MONARO FIRIES OPEN DOORS TO THE COMMUNITY


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Thursday, 16 May 2019

Member for Monaro John Barilaro is encouraging the Monaro community to spend time this Saturday learning about Australia’s largest urban fire and rescue service, Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW). Stations across the state will open their doors this weekend to show the community what happens behind the scenes.
Mr Barilaro said the Open Day is a chance for locals to gain a better understanding of the work firefighters do on a daily basis to protect communities across the Monaro.
“This is an opportunity for families across Monaro to head down to their local fire station and have a chat to their local firefighters, learn how to be fire-safe, and get a better understanding of their local station.”
A range of free activities will be on display, including firefighting demonstrations, station tours and safety presentations.
Families will have the opportunity to get up close with firetrucks and special equipment while learning about the critical work firefighters do to protect the community.
Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott said the Open Day is a chance for the community to thank their local firefighters for their commitment to protecting life and property.
“The brave men and women of Fire and Rescue NSW put their lives on the line to keep the community safe,” Mr Elliott said.
“Open Day is an opportune time to thank these heroes for the work they do every day.”
FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter said the Open Day is an opportunity to show people that FRNSW firefighters do so much more than fight fires.
“Our firefighters do fight fires and save people from burning buildings, but our mission and capabilities extend far beyond fire response,” he said.
“Open Day is a great time to talk to experts about home fire safety in the lead up to winter. We see a 10% 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.”