Brigade enlists help to get message across
Wednesday, 9th July, 2008
Staff at the Central Fire Station reached out to members of the local Aboriginal community yesterday as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations.
The station hosted a morning tea for indigenous elders as well as youngsters who are taking part in the Murdi Paaki Aboriginal Young Leaders Program.
Senior Firefighter Royce Beck said that the aim was to get influential indigenous locals to educate others about the importance of installing and maintaining smoke alarms.
The NSW Fire Brigade has donated 30 smoke detectors and Mr Beck said he hoped the safety message was taken on board.
“I think this is a great way of bridging the gap. “As long as we get these detectors in the houses.... we want to get them out there and ensure they are maintained.” Mr Beck said that there were also plans to spread the message to residents of Wilcannia, Menindee and Ivanhoe.
One of the city’s young Aboriginal leaders, Nyirey Phil Kickett, said that the message will be spread via local Aboriginal organisations. “Not everyone has smoke detectors... especially in Aboriginal houses. “Now we’ll just spread the word.” Mr Kickett thanked the fire brigade for their participation in local NAIDOC Week celebrations, which will continue with a Family Fun Day in Sturt Park, between 10am and 4pm, tomorrow.
National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week runs from July 6 to 13. Anyone with queries about smoke detectors may ring the fire station on 8087 2233.