Hugo Butler, 3, has a go at using the water hose.
Hugo Butler, 3, has a go at using the water hose. Mike Richards

PHOTOS: Superheroes just don’t compare to our firies

"EVEN Spiderman can't put out fires!" exclaimed Jack Ross.

The four-year-old was over the moon when the Gladstone firefighters made a special visit to the Uniting Church on Wednesday.

Much to the delight of several happy little faces, children of the Dirty Rascals playgroup got quite a surprise when the firefighters rocked up in their big red fire truck.

They gave various demonstrations, including what to do in the case of a fire and how all of their equipment worked.

Playgroup co-ordinator Alicia Stanley said the firefighters' visit was a great to way to promote fire awareness in a child's mind early, even if it was only a basic demonstration.

"Any fire awareness is good awareness; it's great that we start early with the kids so that they have some idea of what to do in an emergency," she said.

"It's also a great deal of fun for them. They get to interact with the firefighters and their tools; they just look up to them so much.

"I think it's really amazing that the firefighters would take time the time from their busy days to educate the community for free on fire awareness and also provide a bit of fun for the kids."

Acting station officer Mark Erridge said the visits were about making learning fun and hands-on, but also providing the basic foundation of fire awareness and safety.

"It helps prepare the kids for when they go to primary school and actually have to learn all about fire safety," he said.

"We also want to reinforce that we are here to help. In our firefighting gear we might look scary to the kids - so we try to have a little bit of fun with it too.

"It's a great feeling - watching their faces light up when we bring the fire hose out or interact with them.

"The visits are highly beneficial to kids, the community and even to us at the fire station because it's all about prevention.

"The more visits we do the more people are aware of fire safety."

Any community group wanting to learn more about fire safety can phone 4979 6589 and request a visit from the firefighters.



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