Rescues to raids: variety of firies’ work in focus on open day

The work firefighters do away from the containment line is the focus of Saturday’s open day at Fire and Rescue NSW stations.

Inspector Phil Eberle said the community would be surprised to know the extent to which their work varied.

“Fire and Rescue NSW has been around for over 100 years and we’re very good at fighting fires, but we need to let our community know about the work we’re doing in the background,” he said.

“We’re attending road crash rescues, dealing with hazardous materials, assisting police with safety in drug raids, we’re assisting community as far as the SES and their flood and storm capacity goes.

“For this region we have three CFR stations – community first responders are associated with Ambulance NSW and the fire brigades provide ability to assist until the ambulance arrives.”

The Albury Civic, Albury North, Corowa, Mulwala, Culcairn, and Holbrook stations will be open to the public from 10am to 2pm.

Firefighting demonstrations, station tours, fire safety presentations and smoke alarm advice will be provided.

“Get in there and see the value Fire and Rescue is providing to the community and see how we can help you,” Mr Eberle said.