Fire sta­tion opens doors for visit

Bush Telegraph - - FOCUS ON DANNEVIRKE - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 5 was an open day for the Dan­nevirke Fire Sta­tion.

Chil­dren had a great time ob­serv­ing and try­ing out fire equip­ment.

This open day was or­gan­ised by Tararua REAP’s early child­hood co-or­di­na­tor, Jo Brown, and schools and preschools came along. Jo had worked with the preschools last year on a “Fire Wise” pro­gramme and the visit to the fire sta­tion was re­quested by them so chil­dren would not be fright­ened when the fire siren goes off or a fully-kit­ted out fire­man ar­rived.

Ten vol­un­teer firemen were on hand to help the 260 chil­dren in and out of the fire trucks and fire uni­forms, demon­strate equip­ment and guide the chil­dren around the mu­seum.

Jo Brown con­ducted some show-and-talk ses­sions about fire safety and many showed good knowl­edge of the cor­rect pro­ce­dures in the event of a fire, es­pe­cially Huia Range chil­dren who have had a ma­jor pro­gramme at school.

Jo said she was hugely grate­ful to the vol­un­teer firemen who gave up work to be there and to the 60 par­ents who ac­com­pa­nied the chil­dren.

Mem­bers of Kids Cas­tle en­joy see­ing Michael Dell in his full pro­tec­tion kit.

Too small to reach the ped­als or in­stru­ments but fun all the same.

Th­ese two found the equip­ment used to break open cars re­ally heavy.

Huia Range stu­dents re­spond to REAP tu­tor Jo Brown’s ques­tions about ac­tions in a fire very knowl­edge­ably.

St Joseph’s chil­dren love the fire hose.

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