Sawtell fire captain Keith Rhoades packs a bag of goodies for Rebeccah and her parents Andrew and Janine (right). Far left: Firefighter Mick Gibbons demonstrates a fire hose to Sam Melinz of East Boambee.
Sawtell fire captain Keith Rhoades packs a bag of goodies for Rebeccah and her parents Andrew and Janine (right). Far left: Firefighter Mick Gibbons demonstrates a fire hose to Sam Melinz of East Boambee. Bruce Thomas

Fire station opens doors to public

SAWTELL fire station, the Coffs Coast’s newest urban station, opened its doors to 630 visitors on Saturday for the NSW Fire Brigades’ annual open day.

Visitors were able to enjoy a sausage sizzle, tour the new station and take away show bags with information about fire risk and fire prevention.

They were also able to get up close and personal with fire engines, fire-fighting equipment and their local firefighters, including Coffs Harbour mayor Keith Rhoades, who is also the Sawtell fire captain.

Firefighters even connected up a miniature fire hose so children could wear a bushfire helmet and try their hand at ‘fire fighting’.

Cr Rhoades said the numbers, which included 400 children, were “unbelievable” but the new station, which opened last year, was a contributing factor. “It was outstanding,” he said. “They cleaned us out of every bit of information.”



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