Make a splash with RFS cadets

Dubbo Photo News - - Works - By YVETTE AUBUS­SON-FO­LEY

Favourite song? Favourite colour? Favourite game?

and daddy. sis­ter Peppa Pig

Pink and red Mo­nop­oly. With my mummy

Who is your best friend? What makes you laugh? What makes you sad? What are you afraid of? If you could change your name, what would it be? Clare. A baby named Clare. What are you re­ally good at? Play­ing with my

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How old is grown up?


My sis­ter, she plays jokes When my sis­ter hurts me Spi­ders

Do you have any jokes to tell me? No What is your favourite thing to eat for lunch? What is your favourite fruit? Strawberries What do you want to be when you grow up?

A po­lice of­fi­cer, be­cause if ever peo­ple be naughty. Four WA­TER and fire­fight­ing go hand in hand, but usu­ally when there’s fire. On New Year’s Eve, how­ever, there will be plenty of ‘fire­works’ in the sky, but Orana Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice cadets will be us­ing their tank full of wa­ter for en­ter­tain­ment pur­poses only.

Vol­un­teer­ing their time dur­ing the Satur­day, De­cem­ber 31, fes­tiv­i­ties at Apex Oval, the wa­ter tank will be a re­fill sta­tion for a wa­ter skir­mish park with wa­ter pis­tols pro­vided – and par­tic­i­pa­tion is free.

“In pre­vi­ous years, some peo­ple have def­i­nitely needed a change of clothes and a towel af­ter­wards,” Orana RFS cadet co­or­di­na­tor Ca­role Bai­ley told

Guests can en­joy the wa­ter skir­mish park from 5pm, when the Kokoda Place gates open.

For their ef­forts, the cadets will be re­cip­i­ents of a do­na­tion from the Dubbo Fire­works night, in­cluded in a pool of lo­cal-only char­i­ties, sup­ported by the com­mu­nity event.

Orana’s RFS Cadets are 12 to 16 years old, and meet once a week on a Sun­day.

“The cadets train ex­actly the same as the adults. They’re just not ex­posed to live fire, but by the time they fin­ish at 16, they’re qual­i­fied to go on a truck,” for­mer RFS Won­gar­bon captain of 12 years Mrs Bai­ley said.

“Some of them get to the end of the cadet­ship with more than one qual­i­fi­ca­tion, such as bush fire, vil­lage fire and ad­vance fire­fight­ing.

“We’ve got one deputy captain now who started as a cadet when she was 12 years old. Of­ten when they start they’re timid, but watch­ing the growth in con­fi­dence can be amaz­ing,” Mrs Bai­ley said.

The wa­ter skir­mish park is just one of dozens of ac­tiv­i­ties for kids and fam­ily to en­joy un­til the main event at 9pm, when the fire­works show be­gins.

Bring your cam­era be­cause there’s a photo com­pe­ti­tion for best pic­ture taken with gift vouch­ers awarded by Axxis – one for the win­ner ($150) and an­other for the run­ner up ($50). Up­load your en­tries on­line at www.dub­bofire­works.

Dubbo’s New Year’s Eve Fire­works Party is a fam­ily-friendly event where pa­trons can re­lax on a pic­nic rug or camp chair, nib­bling on snacks.

It is a no glass, al­co­hol or smok­ing event.

The Dubbo New Year’s Eve Fire­works Party is spon­sored by Fletcher In­ter­na­tional, Dubbo

Trike Ad­ven­tures, Walkom Bros, Au­to­barn, Au­dio Plus, JR Richards, Bun­nings Ware­house Dubbo, Axxis, News Ex­tra on Mac­quarie, Bridge­wa­ter Signs, the Vol­un­teer Res­cue As­so­ci­a­tion, Dubbo Re­gional Coun­cil and Coates Hire.

Dubbo New Year’s Eve Fire­works Party

z Apex Oval Dubbo

z Mon­day, De­cem­ber 31, 2018

z 5pm – Gates Open

z 9pm – Fire­works be­gin

z En­try: Kokoda Place (off Winge­warra Street). Dis­abled and el­derly en­try: Coral Cres­cent.

z Cost: $2, adults, $1 child un­der 14

z More info: www.dub­bofire­ or face­book: dub­bofire­works

The wa­ter skir­mish looks like be­ing good, clean – and very wet – fun at the New Year’s Eve Fire­works Party in Dubbo. This fun ac­tiv­ity has been a big hit with the kids in past years, as this photo from the 2016 event shows. PHOTO: DUBBO PHOTO NEWS/COLIN ROUSE/FILE

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