Fire open day attracts possible recruits
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.