Falcon Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service open day a big success

Falcon Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service conducted its inaugural open day on Saturday.

The Mandurah group hosted over 1000 community members, who participated in a variety of activities and events.

"It was great to see how many people turned out to support our Brigade," Captain Kim Glass said.

"We are a Brigade for the community by the community, and to see so many people coming out to learn about what we do and to support us was really uplifting".

The day was jam-packed with demonstrations ranging from a casualty extraction from a crashed car, how to put a pot fire out, how St John's Ambulance manages a patient in cardiac arrest and how to use a fire extinguisher at home.

The event also featured the unveiling of a community memorial to firefighters past, present and future - and gave the Brigade an opportunity to fundraise to support its community education and preparedness activities.

"The open day provided us with a great opportunity to engage with the community and deliver key fire safety message," community preparedness officer Joel Marks said.

"We were able to communicate some key messages to people of all ages, especially around the need for fire extinguishers and fire blankets in the home - and the information required to be given to our communications centre when requesting assistance".

With the open day's success, the Falcon group intends to hold another event in May next year - encouraging those who attending to come again, as well as inviting others to come along.

The entire Brigade expressed its thanks to all of those businesses and people who supported the open day either financially or through in-kind donations, as well as the volunteers from St John's Ambulance.