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Ferntree Gully Fire Brigade Open Day
The Ferntree Gully brigade Open Day is held on the last Saturday in November to coincide with Ferntree Gully Discovery Day.
This day celebrates the hard work done by many not-for-profit organisations in and around Ferntree Gully village.
Our aim as a brigade is to involve as many people in our community as possible by getting them to come to their fire station and engage with brigade members.
Our theme this year for residents in our bushfire area revolved around knowing and understanding your risk, while our messages to the entire community were "don’t ever, ever, ever leave your cooking unattended even for a minute", and "only working smoke alarms save lives and property".
This open day, in order to encourage residents to come to their fire station, we enlisted the help of the CFA Mobile Education Unit, Ambulance Victoria (which ran two sessions of "Four Ways to Save a life"), Ferntree Gully Library “Fun-time story-time at the Fire Station, and the 'Glen Goldies', who performed in their magical way to a delighted crowd in our meeting room.
At the rear of our engine bay, the FTG Big Fill, slip-on and collar tank were used to show water and give the children an opportunity to demonstrate their firefighting skill by squirting a little water about.
The activities are a great way to encourage the community to come in and have the opportunity to ask questions of the brigade.
Words and pictures by Graham Crichton, Community Safety Officer