Fire safety workshop for Aborigines

FIREFIGHTERS held a safety workshop for Liverpool Aborigines last week.

The program provided the volunteers with first-hand skills and gave them a better understanding of what to do if a fire starts in their home.

Fire safety volunteer Terry Manton said the day taught the volunteers the importance of fire safety.

"I really enjoyed the day," he said. "I was a little nervous at first, especially to put out the fire with the extinguisher."

He said the most important thing he learnt was confidence and he plans to share the information and skills he learnt with his friends and family.

Liverpool station officer Bill Spek said, statistically, Aboriginal families have a 231 per cent higher risk of having a fire in their home than other demographics in NSW.

"I think a lot of it has to with their regional communities but also because they're not quite aware of the fire safety measures we have in place, like smoke alarms and extinguishers," Mr Spek said.

"I'm part of the Aboriginal community and it's my job to be a link.

"I hope to build a better relationship between them and Fire and Rescue."

Details: fire.nsw.gov.au.

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