It was a day of mixed emotions for some little people, however, most children had the time of their lives as they collected sample bags and went for a ride in the fire trucks, and checked out the SES flood boat and the police car when Fire and Rescue 229 Boggabri held its open day on Saturday.

The day was well supported by Boggabri SES, Baan Baa Rural Fire Service, NSW Police and community members.

“This day was supposed to be a couple of weeks ago but we just couldn’t hold it so we put it off until today and it’s a great crowd, I have been trying to do a head count but there are so many people and they are coming and going,” Brian King said.

Mr King and Dalton Hoskinson were delighted with the large number of people who attended the open day.

Mr Hoskinson was pleased with the numbers and the large number of young children and adults who were there and asking questions.

Sample bags and fire and rescue activity books, along with fire safety information and a toy fireman’s hat were available for the young people.

The adults were able to view and ask questions about new style smoke detectors which the crew can install for the older residents in Boggabri.

With most of the cooler months still ahead, this is a timely reminder to ensure your smoke alarms are in working order.

Andrew McKenzie wore the fire safety suit they wear when fighting fires so that the children and adults could see the suit and the modern technology built into the helmet.

Fire and Rescue 229 Boggabri also supplied a delicious morning tea and sausage sandwich for lunch for all in attendance.

Boggabri SES crew had their vehicles and flood boat on display much to the delight of the children present.

Baan Baa Rural Fire Service volunteers proudly showed those present their new vehicle and gave attendees a ride around the block.

Baan Baa has not long taken delivery of its vehicle and is very happy with its operation. A big plus is the electronic water hoses on the back of the vehicle.

“Makes it a lot easier than hand winding in the hoses and it’s great to have all the new and modern equipment,” said Eric Hoskinson.

NSW Police had sample bags with lots of interesting information about keeping everyone safe, rural crime, triple 000 and for those who wanted to be very brave they could be locked up in the back of the paddy wagon or try on the 10-kilogram bulletproof vests.

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