Brigades open for family fun

CHILDHOOD dreams were lived out at the New South Wales Rural Fire Service open day.

Buronga and Gol Gol brigades yesterday took five fire trucks to Buronga Wetlands, along with plenty of information about fire danger ratings and safety tips. 

Mildura’s SES also brought its rescue truck.

The open day aimed to raise awareness of risks associated with bush and grass fires, and the best ways for people to protect themselves, their family and property from fire.

Children and adults could dress in yellow firefighter suits, sit in the fire truck, squirt the hose and take photos with members.

Gol Gol captain Troy Dowley said yesterday’s event was statewide.

“It’s held all around the state in different ways,” he said.

“We generally hold it down here so that Buronga and Gol Gol can hold it together.

“It’s a fun day for the kids, they can have a turn on the hose, sit in the trucks, have a go in the jumping castle and their parents can take their photo with the members.”

“It’s a good opportunity to meet your local fire brigade and SES members, and we have a lot of information regarding safety and the fire season for people to take.

Information on offer was based on  NSWRFS’ key message “prepare, act, survive.

For more of this story, purchase your copy of Monday's Sunraysia Daily 17/09/2012.

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