THE Muswellbrook Fire and Rescue NSW team enjoyed a stunningly successful Open Day at the weekend, with hundreds of residents passing through the station to catch a glimpse of their local heroes.
Helped by the success of the Muswellbrook Railway Station's 150th anniversary just up the road, they received a record attendance on Saturday and made the day of plenty of kids, role-playing their dream of becoming a firefighter.
With a free barbeque making up for lack of a "democracy sausage" at the election polling location just around the corner at the PCYC, there was plenty of incentive for those of all ages to get along and check out the event.
Captain Chris Kane said he was ecstatic with the day's popularity.
And, he's hoping the importance of their work will become even more obvious after people saw the station's machinery up close.
"It's been better than excellent," he said.
"We've had a massive influx of people coming across from the railway 150th year celebrations, we're out of handouts here already and it's been fantastic.
"It's very important that people are aware of what we can do and what we do.
"It is also a fun day, of course, for the kids.
"They're having a ball spraying the hose and getting in the fire truck."
It seems the perfect storm formed with thousands of people hovering around the area, but for many children their visit to the fire station will have been their main highlight for the day.