Sawtell firies host Biggest Morning Tea at today's open day
THERE ARE two fantastic reasons to visit Sawtell Fire Station for today's NSW Fire and Rescue open day.
Firefighters have organised a series of fun events for all the family and will host their version of Australia's Biggest Morning Tea, raising funds for the Cancer Council.
Station captain Garry Stewart has been helping wife Linda with the cooking and a feast of food will meet visitors from 10am.
"Everybody has been cooking up a storm," Linda said.
"Jack the firie has even been baking his famous scones just for the event."
Linda said hosting the morning tea has special significance.
"Over the past few years, most of our Sawtell firefighters have had family and friends affected by cancer," she said.
"It was agreed to host The Biggest Morning Tea at the open day to maximise the exposure and raise money for the Cancer Council.
"We appreciate anybody who can help the cause in any way."
Meanwhile more 330 fire stations across the state will have open house today between 10am and 2pm.
The Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, was due to fly back from NSW Parliament this morning to participate.
"Apart from Sawtell, call in and meet the firies at Coffs, Woolgoolga or wherever you live," Mr Fraser said.
"Our community depends on the hard work of local firefighters which is why open days like this are so important.
"Kids can also see the fire trucks as well as fire fighting equipment - there will be something there for the whole family."
Firefighters will give safety demonstrations, fire prevention advice and guided tours.
NSW Fire and Rescue open day coincides with the launch of the annual Winter Fire Safety campaign.