THE Muswellbrook Fire Station is expected to welcome its biggest turn-out ever for the annual Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Open Day this weekend.
With so many community events on the calendar, as well as voting for the Federal Election, residents are certainly spoiled for choice on Saturday, May 18.
And, thanks to the St Heliers Heavy Horse Field Days and Muswellbrook Railway Station's 150th anniversary celebrations being on the same day, our local "firies" anticipate greater numbers to attend their traditional soiree.
The firefighters at the 392 will open their doors from 10am until 2pm.
A range of free activities, including firefighting demonstrations, giveaways, station tours and safety presentations, as well as a sausage sizzle, should delight all ages - young and old.
Families can also see the fire trucks and firefighting and rescue equipment up close and chat to the men and women about the critical work they do to keep communities safe.
Muswellbrook Captain Chris Kane said Open Day was an opportunity to show residents that FRNSW firefighters do so much more than fight fires.
"We do save people from burning buildings, but our mission and our capabilities extend far beyond fire response," he said.
"From road crashes, hazardous material incidents and natural disasters to urban search and rescue and humanitarian relief, our firefighters are prepared for anything and ready to help anyone, anytime, anywhere."
Captain Kane said Open Day was also a great time to talk to the experts about home fire safety in the lead up to winter.
"We see a 10 per cent increase in the number of home fires during the winter months, with more fires starting in bedrooms and lounge rooms due to things like heaters and electric blankets," he said.
"So, come and meet the team that's prepared for anything on Open Day and learn how to keep your family safe from fire and other emergencies.
"It should be a big occasion this year.
"Park your car and enjoy the festivities in Market Street, too.
"There'll be plenty to see and do at both the railway station function and the fire station.
"It's a great family day out."
For more information on FRNSW Open Day, visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au/openday