No break for Coffs firefighters

A SERIES of blazes, including one in a house, had Coffs Harbour fire crews on red alert on Sunday.

Their expertise was needed in Orana Street at 7.30pm when food left cooking on a stove caught fire.

Firefighters dashed to the scene to extinguish the fire and ventilate the house.

About 30 minutes later they were needed again, this time in Marcia Street when a pile of rubbish was on fire.

Minutes later the crews turned out to Boultwood Street to extinguish a bushfire and then to McLean Street at 10.50pm to put out a rubbish fire.

Earlier in the day, firefighters were called to Combine Street at 1.35pm to extinguish a grassfire.

If you saw firebugs lighting these grass and rubbish fires, you are urged to contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

In other news, fire stations across the Coffs Coast will throw open their doors to the community during NSW Fire Brigades Open Day on May 8.

Families are encouraged to visit their local fire station to meet the crews and learn more about fire safety.

“Open Day provides families with a timely opportunity to learn more about fire risks and fire prevention ahead of winter, the worst time of year for home fires,” a NSWFB spokesman said.

“A range of activities will be on offer including firefighting demonstrations, station tours and fire safety presentations.

“Children will be able to see fire engines and firefighting equipment up close.”

For more information, contact Coffs Harbour Fire Station on 6651 6891.

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