Newcastle fire station at Cooks Hill will open its doors, trucks and toolboxes to the public on Saturday as part of the Fire & Rescue NSW annual open day.
Firefighting demonstrations, station tours and fire safety presentations will be on offer, along with the chance to chat with the station’s firelighters about their work and equipment.
Station officer Peter Curzi said Fire & Rescue NSW firefighters are some of the most highly trained in the world.
“This year we are reminding people about the wide range of our capabilities, including a road accident rescue demonstration” he said.
“From chemical spills, car accidents and natural disasters, to education, prevention and humanitarian relief; across the state, across the country and even overseas, our firefighters are prepared for anything – anywhere, anytime.”
Mr Curzi said Newcastle fire station is positioned in a unique district, where firefighters face so much more than just extinguishing fires.
“Within a couple of kilometres we’ve got a working harbour, high-density living that’s just taking off population-wise each year, traffic and pedestrian roadways that’s intensifying, we’ve got a rugged coastline as well,” he said.
“For all the hazardous and associated risks that are there, we’ve got to be well-equipped for it.”
Newcastle fire station will be open from 10am to 2pm on Saturday.
Children who attend will be able to take home a “Brigade Kids” activity booklet, which teaches vital fire safety lessons.