Henty on fire

NSW Firefighter MathewDavidson with his son Oliver. NSW Firefighter Dave Weston with Eliza Murphy .

Jett Weston

Having fun at the Henty fire station open day on Sunday were back row left to right: Jedd Lieschke, David Damschke, Joe Wilson (NSW Fire Brigade), Kobie Skeers, and Elsa Meyer. Front row Shaun Ripps and Fergus Meyer (wearing his fire chief’s helmet). Photo: Phil Takle

A vintage fire truck manufactured in 1938 proved a hit with the 100-strong crowd attending Sunday’s open day at the Henty fire station.

As fire stations across the state opened their doors to the public at the weekend, the inclement weather failed to deter visitors from getting an insiders look into how the Henty station operates.

The Dennis Light-4 fire truck originally helped fight fires in Sydney and Newcastle before being used at Henty between 1965 and 1975.

After it was de-commissioned, it was purchased by the Henty fire station and is wheeled out at special occasions, including their annual open day.

The truck’s open cab design proved especially popular with the youngsters who enjoyed the opportunity to sit in – and climb all over – the vehicle.

Henty fire station commander Bob Kilo said he was happy with how the open day went, despite the weather, and the strong crowd which attended.

In addition to the truck display, there were also a range of free activities at the open day including firefighting demonstrations, station tours and fire safety advice and information about installing smoke alarms and preparing a home escape plan.

The Henty firefighters also put on a free sauzage sizzle for visitors.

The Open Day, which marked the end of Fire Prevention week, proved a great way for people to get to know their local firefighters and learn how to prevent a fire in the home, particularly important in the lead-up to


Fire and Rescue NSW used the event to remind residents that prevention is the key and it is imperative households have working smoke alarms and a practised home escape plan.

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