HORSHAM Fire Brigade will fire up a barbecue on Saturday and open the station’s doors to the public.
Training officer Bernie Hadfield invited people to visit and learn about their fire-fighting services.
He said the city’s fire station, in Hamilton Street, would be open from 10am to 2pm.
“Just look for the big red truck,” Mr Hadfield said.
He said fresh devonshire tea and a barbecue would be available ‘right from the word go’.
Fire-fighters would share their knowledge and experience, and answer questions.
Mr Hadfield said junior brigade members would also be there.
“It’s an opportunity for people to see what goes on and what we do,” Mr Hadfield said.
He said people could also pick up tips to prepare for the fire season, or ask about volunteering with the Country Fire Authority.
“There will be photos of the different fires we’ve fought on the big screen in the meeting room,” he said.
Fire engines, new and old, would also be on display.
“We’ll have one of our old Austin model trucks, which was donated to the fire brigade,” Mr Hadfield said.
He said it was most often seen during Christmas pageants.
“We will also have the old T-model fire truck down from Donald.”
He said Captain Koala and Paddy the Platypus would visit Horsham Plaza throughout the day.
Some of Horsham’s other emergency services would also support the event.
“The State Emergency Service is going to have an information booth and giveaways,” he said.
He said the open day was free of charge.
“Donations are entirely optional – if people want to chuck in a gold coin donation, it will all go to the fire brigade,” Mr Hadfield said.