Tasmania Fire Service still busy at AGFEST
Posted by David Claridge
Posted May 05, 2016
Rain on the first day at AGFEST has given the fire crews the chance to offer their other services to the community.
Tasmania Fire Service members from around the state are volunteering at this year's Agfest.
Rowella Brigade chief operations officer Danny Penny said while the service is there to control fires, Agfest was a great place to promote fire safety awareness.
There is a fuel reduction unit to give people advice on preparing properties for the fire season, as well as people from the community bushfire education unit to answer questions.
"Tas Fire equipment also have a tent here to sell fire fighting items for the home," he said.
"Our showbags for the kids are always very popular and children can also get their picture taken with a firefighter cut out."
The site features a hands-on electronic fire extinguisher display for anyone interested in having a go.
Fire incidents at AGFEST have been rare, but the station has two vehicles ready to go in the event of something happening
"It is mainly quiet on the fire side, which is the way we like it," he said.
"The best thing for crowds to do (in event of a fire incident) is give us space, get off the road and allow us to get there as quick and safe as possible." he said.
"The worst incident we have had in recent years was a plane crash, but normally we just get bin fires.
Devonport volunteer Kyle Squibb has returned for his second posting at AGFEST.
"I came back because it is a lot of fun, I enjoy talking to people and the community engagement."
The Firestation can be found at S78-S80 South Street, the red site with the fire logo.