Hadspen Volunteer Fire Brigade opens its doors to community

OPEN DAY: The Hadspen Volunteeer Fire Brigade respond to 60 emergency calls each year, according to brigade chief Wayne Preston. Picture: Stefan Boscia
OPEN DAY: The Hadspen Volunteeer Fire Brigade respond to 60 emergency calls each year, according to brigade chief Wayne Preston. Picture: Stefan Boscia

The Hadspen Volunteer Fire Brigade opened its doors to the public on Sunday afternoon for its open day.

Fresh off-the-back of fighting Friday night’s Hadspen house fire, the volunteer firefighters were on-hand to interact with their local community.

This included live fire demonstrations, safety talks and an opportunity to have some fun with the station’s fire hose. 

Brigade chief Wayne Preston said the day was largely about informing the public on the inner workings of the fire station.

“A lot of people don’t realise this station is manned by volunteers,” he said.

“Today people can come down and see we are all volunteers.”

Another key facet of the open day was to encourage students to join the fire brigade’s youth program, according to Mr Preston. 

The program is open to kids aged 10 to 16, and provides participants with extensive volunteer fire training.

“It’s good to get in to a bit of community involvement and learn some practical skills,” Mr Preston said.