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Maclean Fire Station during Saturday’s Fire Station Open Day. Images: Lynne Mowbray.

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Lynne Mowbray | Fire and Rescue NSW held its annual open day across the State on Saturday. Fire and Rescue NSW Maclean Deputy Captain Alwyn Eagleton said that the day gives the community a chance to come in and check out their local fire station. “It gives us the opportunity to showcase what we do and get across some important fire safety information, to the wider community,” said Mr Eagleton. “Coming into winter it’s important to remember to keep ‘a metre from the heater’ and ‘only working smoke alarms save lives’. “The home fire safety programs which have been in place for the last few years encourage residents to make contact their nearest fire brigade and we will go and check out various safety areas of their homes. “We look at a whole facet of different areas of safety and advise the home owner accordingly. “Some of these areas include; fire alarms, overloading of power boards and cleaning the filter on dryers etc. “This service costs residents nothing and it’s not just for the elderly. “We had around 30 people attend the station on Saturday to have a chat to us and take away some freebies. “The kids loved checking out the fire truck and had fun squirting the water with the fire hose,” he said. Although the Maclean fire station is not manned 24 hours, residents can contact the station on 6645 4605 and leave a message or call the station back.  
Ross McLachlan and his grandson Angus McLachlan, who was dressed for the occasion, with his fire hat.
Harry McLachlan gives his visit to the Maclean fire station, the thumbs up.
Maclean Fire Brigade member Rory Weekes assists young Harry McLachlan with the fire hose.