Fun at fire safety day
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.