James O’Brien and Krystal Every of Kangaroo Flat Fire Brigade.


Kangaroo Flat Fire Brigade is welcoming the public to its station as part of its community open day on Sunday.

It is a fully volunteer-operated fire station with about 80 members in both operational and support roles.

Covering a largely populated and industrial area, on average the brigade responds to 200 emergency calls every year.

Member of the community open day organising committee, Krystal Every, is excited for the public to get involved in the event.

“The aim of the day is to get the local community to come down to the station and experience what we do” Ms Every said.

“All our funding is from the community so it would be great for them to see where their money goes and for us as a brigade to get to know the community even better.

“We are all volunteers and we are always on the look out for new recruits.”

There will be a wide range of activities for all ages to enjoy on the day including fire fighting demonstrations, emergency services vehicle displays and a kids jumping castle.

“It is set to be a big day. We have loads going for people of all ages,” Ms Every said

“We will have live demonstrations and mock rescues so the public can see for themselves what we do.

“We were founded in 1873 and we will be taking tours of the station which will showcase our long history.”

The community day will run from 10am to 2pm Sunday, April 22 at the Kangaroo Flat Fire Brigade on Helm Street and is a free event for everyone to enjoy. – Richard Hinman