OPEN DAY: Bathurst Fire Station commander Chris Sanders with a LEGO fireman which will be among items available at the station’s annual open day today from 10am to 2pm. Come along and learn about fire safety for the whole family. Photo: PHIL BLATH 051916pbfire1FIREFIGHTERS across the state will be making fire safety fun as part of their annual open days today.

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) will hold its annual open day from 10am until 2pm with fire stations across the State giving visitors a personal glimpse into Australia’s busiest fire and rescue service.

Statewide more than 80,000 people are expected to attend open days at local fire stations.

Station Commander at Bathurst Fire Station, firefighter Chris Sanders, said Open Day will include safety demonstrations, fire station tours and the chance to inspect firefighting equipment and trucks used by our firefighters when responding to fires and other emergencies.

There will also be activities for kids.

“We are having a sausage sizzle and there are giveaways for the kids,” he said.

For the first time, FRNSW is this year partnering with LEGO City to spread the fire safety message on Fire Station Open Day.

The partnership will see a new Brigade Kids activity booklet and LEGO City minifigures available for open day visitors but get in early because it’s while stocks last.

Firefighter Sanders said visitors to the open day can speak to firefighters first-hand about fire safety in the home, including how to install and maintain smoke alarms and how to develop a home escape plan to ensure they can quickly and safely escape a fire.

Firefighter Sanders said today would also be the perfect time to talk to families about updating the smoke alarms in their homes.

He said there have been great advances in smoke alarm technology and photoelectric alarms now provide better fire protection.

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