Red hot reception to open day

CLAD in yellow, hosepipe in hand, budding firefighter Cheyenne Reavley was ready and willing to tackle a big blaze on Saturday.

GET A GRIP: Cheyenne Reavley, 8, tries her hand at being a firefighter on Saturday at the Fire and Rescue NSW open day in Griffith. Picture: Anthony Stipo

GET A GRIP: Cheyenne Reavley, 8, tries her hand at being a firefighter on Saturday at the Fire and Rescue NSW open day in Griffith. Picture: Anthony Stipo

Luckily the eager eight-year-old’s services were not needed when the Griffith Fire Station opened its doors to the public, however she still had a ball dressing up and trying out some of the gear.

The Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) open day gave around 100 visitors a personal glimpse into what firefighters do.

In Griffith fire crews gave station tours and fire safety presentations.

Firefighter Vito Montagner called the day a success.

He said a highlight for many wide-eyed Griffith kids was being allowed to climb aboard the fire engines and check-out the equipment.  

“We handed out activity books to the kids about how to prevent fires and escape plans,” he said.

“The kids loved hopping in the rucks and got a real buzz out of having the sirens turned on.

“We let them use the hoses to knock down cones and they got a kick out of that too.”

Mr Montagner said the day was a good opportunity to offer advice on installing smoke alarms, changing smoke alarm batteries and preparing a home fire escape plan.

“It’s about the right time to start thinking about being careful around heaters and to make sure smoke alarms are in good working order,” he said.

“We also showed people that we don’t only fight fires, we also do rescue work as well.”

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