Fire open day at­tracts pos­si­ble re­cruits

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS -

More than 40 peo­ple in the com­mu­nity are more equipped for the fire sea­son af­ter at­tend­ing the re­cent Ber­ri­gan Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice open day.

They each got to tour the sta­tion and learn more about fire­fight­ing equip­ment and tech­niques, while chil­dren got an early in­tro­duc­tion for fire­fight­ing through a demon­stra­tion of the fire hoses and be­ing given the chance to sit in the driver’s seat of a fire en­gine.

Ber­ri­gan RFS Cap­tain Vic Watson said if there was a fire it would have been all hands on deck.

‘‘We dis­cussed what hap­pened if we were called to a fire,’’ Capt Watson said.

‘‘I joked with a few peo­ple that we would leave the bar­be­cu­ing to the pub­lic and we’d dash out to deal with the fire.’’

RFS pres­i­dent Ri­ley Nolen said the open day was about giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity.

‘‘The Ber­ri­gan RFS hasn’t held an open day for a while so I thought we should open up and show peo­ple what we have,’’ he said.

‘‘Peo­ple were re­ally fas­ci­nated with the in­sight we could pro­vide about how we work.

‘‘Peo­ple were sur­prised with the equip­ment we have as a lot of it is new, and also in­ter­ested in how we ap­ply our equip­ment to our job.’’

Mr Nolen said the open day even helped with re­cruit­ment for the vi­tal ser­vice.

‘‘We had about six peo­ple take away ap­pli­ca­tion forms and I’m con­fi­dent some of them will join up,’’ he said.

‘‘Some told me they want to give back to the com­mu­nity and know how im­por­tant the RFS is to the re­gion.’’

Michelle and Kai­son Davis have a go on the hose.

Ri­ley Nolen, Ta­mara Gra­ham, Vic Watson and Michael Macart­ney.

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