FIRE and Rescue NSW are rolling out several new purpose-built community education trailers across NSW, with one arriving in Ballina this week.
The state-of-the-art trailers were specially designed to ensure a multifunctional, versatile resource that will support firefighters when they are undertaking community engagement activities.
Each trailer features an electronic gas prop to easily demonstrate various fire types and extinguishment methods, including kitchen fires, gas fires and oil fires.
The trailers can store a Kitchen Fire Simulator, a marquee and tables and chairs - acting as a one stop shop for all community safety activities.
Due to their versatility, the trailers can also be used to support the delivery of Physical Aptitude Tests for new recruits as well as further skills-based training for firefighters across the Northern Rivers region.
Region North Chief Superintendent Gary McKinnon said the new trailers meant firefighters would be better equipped to educate their local communities about fire safety.
“Our crews now have more equipment to further educate our local communities whether it be for smoke alarm installations, home fire safety visits or community education programs,” he said.
“As we know, approximately half of all house fires start in the kitchen, and the kitchen fire simulator will go a long way to educating families on how to prevent these types of incidents from occurring.”
If you are interested in Fire and Rescue NSW attending a community day near you, or to organise a safety visit at your local school or childcare centre, contact the Ballina Zone Office on (02) 6690 6100.