Car to go up in flames, for show

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STEWART ni­cola.stewart@wrcn.co.nz

Ever wanted to see what hap­pens when a car catches fire? Well, this is your chance.

The Mata­mata Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade is hold­ing an open day next Satur­day and will demon­strate its re­sponse to dif­fer­ent emer­gency sit­u­a­tions.

Along with Mata­mata St John and Mata­mata Po­lice, they plan to sim­u­late a car crash and fire­fight­ers will use the jaws of life to res­cue trapped peo­ple.

They will also set a car on fire and leave it burn­ing for about three min­utes be­fore putting it out. ‘‘ We want to show peo­ple how fast a car can ac­tu­ally burn,’’ said se­nior fire­fighter Reuben Wool­liams.

Mr Wool­liams is help­ing to or­gan­ise the event as part of his sta­tion of­fi­cer’s course and said it was the first open day they had held in at least four years.

The day was about pro­mot­ing fire safety and ed­u­ca­tion, as well as show­ing the com­mu­nity what the fire ser­vice of­fers, he said.

‘‘We get a lot of sup­port from the com­mu­nity so we want to show them some of the things we do.’’

Fire­fight­ers will demon­strate kitchen and oil fires and show peo­ple what to do – and, more im­por­tantly, what not to do – in those sit­u­a­tions.

The com­pe­ti­tion team will do a demon­stra­tion with the hoses out front of the sta­tion and the trucks will be parked up for the com­mu­nity to take a close look.

Raf­fles, with some top prizes, a sausage siz­zle, bouncy cas­tle and photo booth for the kids to dress up as pint-sized fire­fight­ers will top the day off.

Come take a look: The Mata­mata Fire Sta­tion will be open to the com­mu­nity for the day on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 15.

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