Blazer Bear made an appearance at the open day, much to the children’s delight.
Blazer Bear made an appearance at the open day, much to the children’s delight.

Fire truck big hit for open day

THE question Captain Logan McIntosh was asked the most by children was whether they could sit in the fire truck, so Sunday was a dream come true for many kids.

Emerald Fire Station held its open day on Sunday and Capt McIntosh described it as an “absolutely awesome” day.

“The children got up close to the fire trucks, climbed in and played with the sirens,” he said.

“There were a lot of smiles and tears when mums and dads had to drag the kids away.

“The firies enjoyed it, it’s one of the best days of the year and good fun.”

Logan said while he didn’t know exact numbers in attendance on the day, he estimated about 500 people came along.

“It was a cold day and in the middle of a long weekend but it turned out perfect as the clouds cleared and allowed people to take the risk to come outside and see us,” he said.

“There were large crowds most of the day… the firies had an absolute ball.”

The day wasn’t just about the fire trucks as there were also live demonstrations of a kitchen fire and road crash rescue.

“The kitchen fire demonstration is a crowd-pleaser and an eye-opener to how destructive it can be,” Logan said.

Firefighters demonstrated how to correctly put out a kitchen fire with a fire blanket for a pot of hot oil on fire on the stove.

They also showed the repercussions of trying to use water to extinguish such a fire.

“With the road crash rescue, we chopped up a car and showed the different techniques and tools,” he said.

“It’s everyone’s favourite and the guys get to play with their tools.”

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