Fire Sta­tion tour for Wild Ones

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL -

CHIL­DREN from the ad­ven­ture group Wild Ones now have an in­sight into the lives of fire-fighters af­ter an ex­cur­sion to the Air­lie Beach fire sta­tion last week.

Wild Ones co-or­di­na­tor Ron Pet­ter­son said a to­tal of 53 chil­dren took part in the field trip, which was one of last year’s most pop­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Ba­si­cally we asked the kids what the things were they en­joyed the most last year and would like to do again this year and this was one of them,” he said.

“This ac­tu­ally be­came the theme for the term, with other vis­its to the po­lice and am­bu­lance sta­tions and SES also planned.”

Mr Pet­ter­son said dur­ing last Thurs­day’s ex­cur­sion, the Wild Ones learned about fire safety, what hap­pened when an alarm went off and the types of equip­ment fire-fighters used.

“They all got to have a go on some of the equip­ment, so things like the fire hose,” he said.

Mr Pet­ter­son said he hoped the Wild Ones gained an aware­ness of fire safety and a re­spect for the fire-fighters as well as an un­der­stand­ing of the im­por­tance of vol­un­teer­ing for aux­il­iary roles.

“And maybe one day, one or two of the kids might like to join up them­selves,” he said. “They were cer­tainly in­ter­ested to learn there was only one fe­male fire-fighter at the sta­tion – a cou­ple of the girls said ‘that’s not right, we’re go­ing to join’.”

Mr Pet­ter­son thanked the crew from the Air­lie Beach Fire Sta­tion for let­ting the Wild Ones at­tend. ”It’s a big call hav­ing 53 kids, but they all had a ball,” he said.

Wild Ones is a PCYC-based ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­ity group for boys and girls aged be­tween eight and 12. For more in­for­ma­tion phone the PCYC on 4948 1144 or Ron Pet­ter­son on 0488 449 484 or email cade­fox@gmail.com.

ON FIRE: Air­lie Beach aux­il­iary fire­fight­ers James Krista and Ge­of­frey Price (left) and Michael Do­herty (right), with Wild Ones mem­bers Hugo Van Blar­com and Coen and Phoenix Hill, who had a tour of the Air­lie Beach Fire Sta­tion last Thurs­day night.

EQUIP­MENT TEST: At last week's Wild Ones visit to the Air­lie Beach Fire Sta­tion, Con­nor Turner got to test out the fire hose un­der the di­rec­tion of aux­il­iary fire­fighter Ge­of­frey Price.

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