Though Lucy Read (5) wants to be a firefighter when she grows up.
Though Lucy Read (5) wants to be a firefighter when she grows up. Kirstin Payne

Imaginations all fired up

STOP, drop and dream big was the motto at Kidszone school holiday care during their "When I grow up" program yesterday.

Children from the centre had the opportunity to get up-close and personal with some of their local heroes.

Lucy Read was particularly excited about a future career as a firefighter after watching the rural firies in action.

"I will wet the fire," she said after she had a go with the hose.

Lucy also said she would drive the fire engine very carefully to "watch out for the red lights".

However fire fighting wasn't the five-year-olds only dream, "I want to be a hairdresser too," she said.

The group of more than 40 children each had a chance to try sitting in the fire truck and quiz volunteer community officer Adam Cole about every aspect of the job.

"They ask all sorts of questions, even about the parts on the truck," Mr Cole laughed.

He and the other volunteers said demonstration days were the best part of the job.

"Anything where we can engage with children and teach them fire safety is good," Mr Cole said.

"The earlier we can teach them the better; I can see some new recruits in the making".

The "When I grow up" theme has run throughout the week with demonstrations from professionals in a variety of jobs including the police and wildlife rescue.



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