Fire Station tour for Wild Ones
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.