Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland): I was delighted to attend the 2021 NSW Fire and Rescue Open day, which showcases the highly commendable actions of those who service our community in protecting and educating the public when it comes to fire safety.

I was lucky enough to be shown around Rutherford Fire Station by Zone Commander Inspector Paul Collins and Grant McDonald and Nathan Holz who are both on-call firefighters. Rutherford Fire Station opened its doors to ensure that the public has the opportunity to attend its local fire station and have any questions answered when it comes to protecting themselves, their homes and others from any form of fire danger.

It was heartening to see how many young people were inspired by the day, having the opportunity to get into the trucks and speak to our local heroes. It is vital the local community is aware of the fire dangers that contribute to the 1000-plus home fires our firefighters attend each year during winter. Fire and Rescue NSW is the busiest urban fire and rescue service in Australia, I commend our local men and women who dedicate their time to our local fire and rescue community.