FIREFIGHTING: Calavos Rural Fire Service's Ben Turnbull shows Carmella and Sienna Edwards, Kayannah Shields and Brycey Sewel at Norville Helping Hands Vacation Care how to work the fire hose.
FIREFIGHTING: Calavos Rural Fire Service's Ben Turnbull shows Carmella and Sienna Edwards, Kayannah Shields and Brycey Sewel at Norville Helping Hands Vacation Care how to work the fire hose. Mike Knott

Rural firefighters inspire children

THE fire season is heating up across Bundaberg and now's the perfect time to step in and educate children.

Calavos Rural Fire Service rolled into Norville Helping Hands Vacation Care yesterday to show the kids a thing or two about fire safety.

"Now I want to grow up and be a firefighter,” was what Kayannah Shields said after spending the morning with volunteer community educator Mon Calvin.

Kayannah has a few years to wait until she will be old enough to join the service but said she was glad to see women firefighters.

"I really enjoyed it.

"I learnt about what was safe and sensible versus what was dangerous.”

Calavos second officer Robert Coghlan said getting out in the community was always a pleasure, especially when it involved teaching the younger generations.

"It's not just about fire training,” he said.

"It was the moments like today when you can give back to the community, and step in to show the younger ones, which makes it all worthwhile.”

Norville Helping Hands Vacation Care co-ordinator Debbie Bradley said it was a valuable life lesson.

"Many children across the region attend vacation care while their parents work through the holidays,” she said.

"It was great to have a female firey here.

"She was inspiring the girls, telling them when they grow up they could do what ever they wanted to.

"Whether it's a doctor or a fireman or woman, she showed them they could do it.”

"It's about getting down to their level and these guys did just that,” she said.

Find out more about the RFS at www.rural fire.qld.gov.au.



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