Deniliquin Children’s Centre youngsters paid a visit to the Deniliquin NSW Fire & Rescue station to learn about fire safety last week.
The children have been learning about fire safety and all the different ways people use fire.
Children’s Centre employee Corinne Mitsch said the project was implemented after educators noticed children creating imaginary camp fires when playing.
‘‘Fire has been a topic for some months and we wanted to support and continue children’s learning with an excursion to the local fire station,’’ she said.
‘‘The excursion also gave us an opportunity to get out into the community.
‘‘Captain Martin Smith kindly arranged for volunteer firefighters to take time off from their day job to show us around the station.’’
The children tried on fire helmets, interacted with some safety equipment used by firefighters, saw the fire trucks and their lights flashing, heard the fire house and truck sirens, and saw the fire hoses in action.
Mrs Mitsch said the children also saw firefighter Alex Romanin in full protective uniform.
‘‘It was important for the children to see this in a non-threatening situation so if they see them dressed this way in the community or in an emergency situation, they will feel safe.
‘‘The highlight for the children was getting an opportunity to use the fire hose. The smiles on their faces couldn’t have been any bigger.’’