Fire and Rescue NSW’s Open Day activities have gone ahead across the state after Fire Brigade Employee Union (FBEU) Secretary Shane Kennedy backed down on his ban, seeing families welcomed to their local stations.

Fire and Rescue NSW has been working closely with NSW Health to ensure all Open Day activities across the State are COVID-safe and in compliance with the Public Health Orders.

FRNSW’S Emergency Services Academy in Orchard Hills hosted a series of spectacular displays including a firefighting demonstration and a visit from the Ignitable Liquid Detection dogs.

Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott said Open Day was an important event for both FRNSW and the community.

“FRNSW’s Open Day allows firefighters to help families prepare for and prevent fire events and gives their communities the opportunity to come and give thanks to the men and women who protect their lives and homes,” Mr Elliott said.

“I am proud to see hundreds of firefighters have turned out to welcome their communities, especially after last year’s event couldn’t go ahead because of the pandemic.”

FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter said Open Day was the perfect opportunity for the community to learn how to prepare their home for winter.

“We see a 10 per cent increase in the number of house fires during the cooler months, with fires starting in bedrooms and loungerooms due to heaters and electric blankets,” he said.

“This year we want to help residents prepare their homes and in particular, encourage them to check their smoke alarms and have a Home Fire Escape Plan. We have developed a Get Ready for Winter checklist which is available on our website at .”