Close to 2000 people took part in celebrations at Perth’s original fire station on Sunday October 15 as part of Heritage Day.
The DFES Education and Heritage Centre pulled out all the stops, offering rides in a vintage fire truck, target practice with a hose and the chance to meet emergency service volunteers and career firefighters.
Visitors were also able to dress up as a firefighter, immerse themselves in the history of the Western Australian Fire Brigade and learn about the hazards that affect Western Australia through interactive displays.
Whitfords and Fremantle Volunteer Marine Rescue Services (VMRS) exhibited their rescue boat and jetski, while Skip the Boat Safe Pelican spread the word about marine safety. The RAC Rescue Experience offered a virtual reality look into what it is like to be in the RAC Rescue helicopter, with over 200 visitors taking part.
Horses Scarlett, Marvin, Moonshine and Sophia from the SES Mounted Section arrived on hoof through the city and quickly became popular with children. Zena the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) dog and puppies in training also took part in the event, showcasing some of their skills and receiving lots of pats. USAR technicians also showed their heavy duty tools, some used for extrications during earthquakes.
DFES Education and Heritage Coordinator Heather McNamara said the day was a success and was well attended.
“It was great to see so many people enjoy the day and taking part in all the activities on offer,” Heather said.
“Most importantly visitors were able to meet our staff and volunteers and learn about preparing for the various hazards that face the State.”
DFES Education and Heritage Centre is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 3pm. Admission is free.