NAROOMA’S Monthly Rotary Markets had an extra attraction last weekend, with local volunteer rescue and emergency services setting up displays and demonstrations with the theme of “Keeping Safe over Summer”.
With the surf lifesaving season commencing on the weekend and bushfire danger periods underway since the beginning of the month, the safety expo was a timely reminder to be prepared for all types of emergencies over the warmer months.
Agencies participating included Narooma VRA, Narooma Marine Rescue, Fire & Rescue NSW, Narooma RFS and Narooma Surf Life-saving Club.
Red Cross combined with the SES to present the generic “Rediplan”, which is important community information, for any type of emergency, as Red Cross are the primary disaster relief agency around the globe.
Highlights included a fat and oil fire simulation executed by Fire & Rescue NSW, a solemn and confronting reminder, that oil and water don’t mix, as was demonstrated with the fatal kitchen fire in Brisbane earlier this week.
Kids flocked to the RFS smoke house, complete with fire fighters in breathing apparatus and clambered over the surf club “duck” and saw rescue equipment from the VRA and Marine Rescue.
“The event was great example of everyone working together” said this year’s expo coordinator Gilly Kearney.
“It would not have been possible without the support of Narooma Rotary and the enthusiasm and trust of all the participating agencies,” she said.
“It’s a great way to get our various messages out to the public in a community setting, where the community is.”