EASY: Sjaak Ankersmit, of Shark Creek, learns how to use the fire hose at Yamba Fire Station.
EASY: Sjaak Ankersmit, of Shark Creek, learns how to use the fire hose at Yamba Fire Station. Caitlan Charles

Clarence brigades fired up over safety

SMILES and the smell of sausages cooking was all around at Grafton and Yamba Fire Brigades on Saturday as they opened up their stations to show the community how they deal with the heat.

At Grafton Fire Station, Captain Garry Reardon was highlighting what could happen if you added water to an oil fire and demonstrating how to safely handle the blaze.

Mr Reardon said coming to the open days could help decrease the danger at home.

"On Jacaranda Thursday here in Grafton we set up the kitchen fire simulator out in the street... unbeknownst to us, there was a lady in the crowd that day who had a fire occur in her house in March this year," he said.

"What she learnt on that Jacaranda Thursday watching the kitchen fire simulator demonstration allowed her to extinguish a fat fire in her kitchen and minimise the impact."

Over at Yamba, kids lined up to have their chance to hold the hose and grinned ear to ear when the firefighters handed over the controls.

Yamba Fire Brigade Captain Dave Woods said they have seen around 60 people and were using the exposure to highlight the need for smoke alarms to be changed over.



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