Forster Fire Station will open its doors to the public on Saturday, May 18 as part of the Fire and Rescue NSW Open Day.
A state-wide initiative, the day will see retained firefighters from Forster Fire and Rescue welcome the community in to learn more about the important emergency response work they do around the Great Lakes.
Running from 10am - 2pm, the day has been popular in the past and station captain Paul Langley was once again expecting a big crowd.
"We try to cater for 200 - 300 people and numbers usually exceed that," he said.
"The local public provides a great response."
The station will put on a free sausage sizzle and offer lots of free handouts to kids, as well as giving people the opportunity to check out the station, trucks and equipment used by firefighters in their duties.
There is also the possibility of a rescue demonstration being conducted on the day.
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Most importantly, it's an opportunity for the public to speak to their local firefighters and learn about the full range of emergency response services they provide.
"Our firefighters do fight fires and save people from burning buildings, but our mission and our capabilities extend far beyond fire response," Fire and Rescue NSW commissioner, Paul Baxter, said.
"From road crashes, hazardous material incidents and natural disasters to urban search and rescue and humanitarian relief, our firefighters are prepared for anything and ready to help anyone, anytime, anywhere."
He also believed it was an opportune time to talk to the experts about home fire safety in the lead up to winter, with Fire and Rescue NSW seeing a 10% increase in the number of household fires during the colder months due to things like heaters and electric blankets.
Captain Langley said at a local level the day was beneficial to both the Great Lakes community and the station's firefighters as it built trust and rapport between the two.
"The public can see what the fire brigade does and what our capabilities are," he said.
"And it builds the confidence of our operators to respond in a critical situation."
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