PHOTO GALLERY: Kids meet local heroes
PRIMARY school students from Monto and Mulgildie were treated with a visit from local emergency services personnel on Thursday morning.
The kids received invaluable lessons on what to do in case of an emergency, were taught about fire safety and had a rare opportunity to try out some of the equipment.
Monto Police Sergeant Mick Bazzo said it was important to get the message across early.
"Our purpose here today is twofold; to educate the children regarding emergency services and to get them familiarised with us so they know our faces,” Sgt Bazzo said.
"The kids know to call 000 in an emergency but most of them don't know what to say or what to do.
"We try to make it interactive so they can learn while having fun.
"If you educate them young, it will stick with them their whole life.”
A trivia night held last year helped raise money for community outreach, but Sgt Bazzo said it was difficult to get everyone together at the same time.
"The fireys are volunteers so we certainly appreciate them giving up their time,” he said.
"It's a bit of fun and rewarding for us as well, we enjoy getting out and interacting with the community.
"The majority of the guys here have had kids at the school, so we don't mind giving back.”