GALLERY: Warwick families flock to emergency services day

The kids get a ride in Little Squirt, driven by firefighter Dean Murphy.
The kids get a ride in Little Squirt, driven by firefighter Dean Murphy. Jonno Colfs

A SCORCHING hot day greeted crowds as they flooded in to Warwick Fire Station for the annual Warwick Emergency Services Day.

Police, fire, ambulance, SES, rural fire brigades and even surf-lifesaving crews were on hand to talk to the public and host demonstrations.

The kitchen fire demonstration was a huge hit with crowds as firefighters Mark Wallis and Chris Gilchrist showed what can happen when water is added to an oil fire.

The informative morning was a huge hit with kids and the lucky ones got to cool down under the spray of the fire hose from the huge telescopic aerial firefighting unit from Toowoomba.


Warwick Fire Station acting station officer Michael Coombes said the day has been a great success despite the heat.

"I'd say at least 150 people have come through this morning," he said.

"That's a really good turnout and the support from our fellow emergency service peronnel has been magnificent as well.

"They've come from all over to be here and it's been an impressive display of the services and the work they do for the community.

"Everyone has worked very well together and the kids have absolutely loved it."

Massie Rural Fire Brigade first officer Kris Duncan said they were happy to be involved.

"It's also a chance for us to chat to people about joining the rural fire brigade," he said.

"We're always on the hunt for volunteers, especially at this time of year when it's so hot and bushfires are a real threat.

"If you're interested in becoming a part of the RFB, pop out and see us at our headquarters at the Massie Aerodrome.

"We're training there every Wednesday from 7pm."

A long way from home but still with a very important message was a small crew from Burleigh Heads Surf Life-saving Club.

The young couple had made the three hour drive up after accepting the invitation to come from organiser Warwick Fire station officer Dennis Burton.

"We came along to promote beach safety," club member Jordan Harrison said.

"We realise there are no beaches around here, but so may people from the country love to get to the Gold Coast in summer and it's important they're aware of how to stay safe on the beach and in the water.

"We've been telling people about understanding the flags at the beach, where and where not to swim, the dangers of rips and stingers and everything else about enjoying your time in the ocean.

"We've loved the opportunity to get out here to Warwick and show people what we do."

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