Macarthur firies ready to open station doors to the public

Have you ever dreamed of being a firefighter?

Macarthur adults and children can learn the ropes of being a firie at the annual the Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Open Day next Saturday.

FRNSW crews in St Andrews, Ingleburn, Narellan, Camden and Picton will open their stations to the public on May 18 from 10am-2pm. The Campbelltown crew will also host Rosemeadow firefighters for an event at their Broughton Street station.

Locals can hop in a fire truck, try out a fire hose and get to know their town's firefighters.

St Andrews FRNSW leading station officer John Moore said the open day was important for both his organisation and the community.

"Some people are unaware of our role and even how to contact us if there is a fire," he said.

"We will even give the kids a little firefighting helmet so they can be a firefighter for the day."

Mr Moore said the open day allowed FRNSW to highlight the various tasks that crew members undertake every day, from hazardous material clean-ups through to animal rescues.

However, he said fighting fires was still a major part of their regular duties.

"I've been a firefighter for more than 35 years and seeing a fire is still fascinating," Mr Moore said.

"Fire is not a fixed element and it's dynamic, depending on things like location, fuel and the time of day.

"You are not overawed, though no two fires are ever the same."

Mr Moore said St Andrews had a small team but they were a tight-knit group.

"We have skills that are interchangeable and can depend on each other," he said.

"We have a very experienced team. Some firies have six or seven years' experience while others have more than 35 years' experience."

Mr Moore invited everyone to come down and check out his station on Saturday, May 18.

The St Andrews FRNSW station is located on the corner of Ben Lomond and Campbelltown roads, St Andrews.

Details: 9820 5394