NSW Fire and Rescue open day brings out the grins

Sjaak Ankersmit from Shark Creek learns how to use the fire hose at Yamba Fire Station.
Sjaak Ankersmit from Shark Creek learns how to use the fire hose at Yamba Fire Station. Caitlan Charles

SMILES and the smell of sausages cooking was all around at Grafton and Yamba Fire Brigades on Saturday as they opened up their stations to show the community how they deal with the heat.

At Grafton Fire Station, Captain Garry Reardon was highlighting what could happen if you added water to an oil fire and demonstrating how to safely handle the blaze.

Mr Reardon said coming to the open days can help decrease the danger at home.


"On Jacaranda Thursday here in Grafton we set up the kitchen fire simulator out in the street... unbeknownst to us there was a lady in the crowd that day who had a fire occur in her house in March this year," he said.

"What she learnt on that Jacaranda Thursday watching the kitchen fire simulator demonstration allowed her to extinguish a fat fire in her kitchen and minimise the impact."

Mr Reardon added that people often get injured in fat fires if they are dealt with incorrectly.

Mr Reardon said the open day was a way for people to see inside the station.

"The kids in particular learn that firies are their friends and we are there to help protect the community."

Yamba Fire Brigade Captain Dave Woods said they has seen around 60 people so far today and were using the exposure to highlight the need for smoke alarms to be changed over.

Mr Woods urged people to check the dates on their smoke alarms and replace them if they are out of date.

The Yamba Captain also highlighted how important the open day was.

"I think it gives people good fire awareness."

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