Macarthur youngsters (and the young at heart) will have the chance to learn about life as a firefighter this weekend.
Wollondilly MP Nathaniel Smith is encouraging people to meet their local firefighters and learn about home fire prevention at the Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Open Day on Saturday, May 15.
Mr Smith said it was an excellent opportunity for people of all ages to come along and meet their local firefighters.
"Warragamba, Picton, Mittagong and Bowral Fire Stations are throwing open their doors between 10am and 2pm this Saturday, a fantastic opportunity to see firsthand what our firefighters do," Mr Smith said.
"Children will be able to see a fire see a fire truck, demonstrations and firefighting equipment whilst the grown-ups will be able to find out more about home fire prevention."
Camden, Rosemeadow, St Andrews and Ingleburn fire stations will also be open for the event.
Police and Emergency Services minister David Elliott said the open day would focus on educating the community about the importance of having working smoke alarms in their home.
"Each year, approximately 20 people die in NSW from fires that could have been prevented. Sadly, almost all of these fatalities occur in people's homes," he said.
"Each death is a tragic loss for families, friends and the wider community.
"For each fire fatality, there are also hundreds of more people who survive a fire but suffer life-changing health consequences.
"Firefighters are committed to reducing the risk of such fires and to protecting the irreplaceable."
FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter said the open day was the perfect opportunity for the community to talk to firefighters about home fire safety in the lead up to winter.
"We see a 10 per cent increase in the number of house fires during the cooler months, with fires starting in bedrooms and lounge rooms 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 - to find out more, visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au/winter."
For more information on FRNSW Open Day, visit: www.fire.nsw.gov.au/openday.