Fun at fire safety day

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page -

Big day out: Fire safety was the key mes­sage at the Mata­mata Vol­un­teer Fire Bri­gade Open Day on Satur­day. Hun­dreds turned out to have a close up look at the fire trucks, watch the fire­fight­ers in ac­tion and check out the demon­stra­tions. Vol­un­teer sup­port of­fi­cer Peter Baylis showed the au­di­ence how to take care of a kitchen fire, while bri­gade mem­bers cut ‘‘pa­tients’’ out of a car with the jaws of life. A Royal New Zealand Air Force foam mo­tion ve­hi­cle – usu­ally used for avi­a­tion crashes – was vis­it­ing from When­u­a­pai and came along to put out a car fire for the crowds. Chief fire of­fi­cer Kevin Cur­tis said the day was a huge suc­cess. ‘‘We had a great day. It was a re­ally good turnout, a lot of people took away safety lessons, so that was good. I have to thank the bri­gade mem­bers, the Air Force and ev­ery­one that helped us out through the day.’’ Kids kept busy crawl­ing through the smoke-filled Fire Wise bouncy cas­tle and climb­ing aboard the fire trucks. Pic­tured is five-year-old James Ni­chol­son hav­ing a turn in the driver seat.

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