Parkes Fire & Rescue NSW to host its annual Open Day on Saturday

Phoebe Hale enjoyed using the fire hose with Captain Craig Gibson during the Parkes Fire Station open day last year. Photo: Jenny Kingham
Phoebe Hale enjoyed using the fire hose with Captain Craig Gibson during the Parkes Fire Station open day last year. Photo: Jenny Kingham

Parkes firefighters are once again encouraging the community to visit their station for the Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) annual Open Day on Saturday, May 19.

The Parkes Fire Station will be open from 10am to 2pm.

Parkes families and anyone else who’s interested are invited to come along and meet their local firefighters.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn more about home fire safety and fire prevention.

A range of free activities will be on offer, including firefighting demonstrations, station tours and fire safety presentations.

Firefighters will also be able to provide advice on installing or replacing smoke alarms and preparing a home fire escape plan.

Children will be able to see the fire engines and firefighting equipment up close, which is always a highlight of this much anticipated day.

They’ll also be able to take home a “Brigade Kids” activity booklet, which teaches them vital fire safety lessons.

Parkes firefighter Simon King said Fire & Rescue NSW firefighters are amongst the most highly trained in the world and do so much more than just fight fires.

“This year we are reminding people about the wide range of our capabilities,” 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.

“Our Open Day is a great opportunity to talk to the experts about making homes fire safe ahead of winter.

“Why not come along to Parkes Fire Station this Open Day and hear about all the things we do in the community.”

The Parkes Fire Station is located in Court Street.