The Huntly Fire Brigade opened up its doors to show the community what life is like as a firefighter, while spreading important safety messages in the lead-up to bushfire season.
Huntly Fire Brigade CFA Third Lieutenant Megan Scott said the open day was about bringing the community together.
“We have the police, SES and the local Landcare group here, as we want this station to be a hub for our community,” Mrs Scott said.
“Before the fire restrictions come in place, we need to get key messages out into the community.
“Clean up your properties now before restrictions come into force, and get it done now so you aren’t leaving it up until the last minute.”
Mrs Scott also emphasised the importance of having a fire plan in place and an understanding of fire danger ratings.
“Using applications such as the Vic Emergency app provides users with up to date information from a trustworthy source,” Mrs Scott said.
CFA community education coordinator Paul Tangey said his role involved supporting local brigades to help them spread important fire safety messages throughout the community.
“What I need to do is get the message out there that summer is nearly here and we need to ensure people know where to get information in the event of emergencies,” Mr Tangey said.
Mr Tangey said it was important for children to be educated about fire safety from a young age.
“When we educate children they will take the information home and pass it on to the adults,” Mr Tangey said.
“I still remember when I was in kindergarten and the firetruck came and they taught us about stop, drop and roll and other fire safety messages.”
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