More than 1000 community members attended the Falcon Fire Station for the brigade’s inaugural open day and International Firefighters Day on Saturday.
Falcon Volunteer Fire and Rescue opened their doors to the public providing live demonstrations, food, face painting, plenty of activities for children and an insight into their facilities.
The live demonstrations showed off the unit’s skills, equipment and team work as they showed event goers what it took to perform a casualty extraction from a crashed car, how to put a pot fire out, how St John Ambulance manages a patient in cardiac arrest and how to use a fire extinguisher at home.
In December 1998, five firefighters lost their lives battling a fire in regional Victoria, a year later, in 1999, International Firefighters Day was established after a proposal was emailed across the world.
International Firefighters Day or St. Florian know falls annually on May 4.
The brigade’s open day featured the unveiling of a community memorial to firefighters past, present and future which featured a statue donated by Petherick Cottrell Lawyers in Mandurah.
Captain Kim Class said he was happy with how many people came to support the brigade.
“We are a brigade for the community, by the community and to see so many people come to learn about what we do and support us was really uplifting,” Mr Class said.
Community preparedness officer Joel Marks said the open day provided a great opportunity for the brigade to engage with the public.
“We were able to communicate some key messages to people of all ages, especially around the need for fire extinguishers and fire blankets in the home – and the information required to be given to our communications centre when requesting assistance,” Mr Marks said.