Hundreds of fire stations across the state opened their doors to the community on Saturday for Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Open Day, inviting people to learn more about Australia’s largest urban fire and rescue service.

Member for Cootamundra visited the local station in Young and said the Open Day was a chance for locals to gain a better understanding of the work firefighters do every day to protect the community.

“We’ve seen families across the Cootamundra electorate head down to their local fire station to have a chat to their local firefighters, learn how to be fire-safe, and say thank you for their bravery,” Ms Cooke said.

“In Young our firefighters hosted over 300 people, including lots of children who dream of one day becoming part of the FRNSW team.”  

“On behalf of the Cootamundra electorate, thank you to our firefighters for your efforts on the weekend, and every day.”

A range of free activities were on display, including firefighting demonstrations, station tours and safety presentations.

Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott said the Open Day was a chance to thank their local firies for their commitment to protecting life and property.

“The brave men and women of Fire and Rescue NSW put their lives on the line to keep the community safe,” Mr Elliott said.

“Open Day is an opportune time to thank these heroes for the work they do every day.”

FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter said the Open Day was an opportunity to show people that FRNSW firefighters do so much more than fight fires.

“Our firefighters do fight fires and save people from burning buildings, but our mission and capabilities extend far beyond fire response,” he said.

“Open Day is a great time to talk to experts about home fire safety in the lead up to winter. We see a 10% increase in the number of home fires during the winter months, with more fires starting in bedrooms and lounge rooms due to things like heaters and electric blankets.”