Te Awamutu volunteer firefighters hosted a steady stream of people at Saturday's open day, held to kickstart the celebration of 100 years of the Te Awamutu Brigade.
Visitors were able to check out decade displays, a large range of past and present firefighting appliances and equipment, watch a Speed of Fire short film, learn valuable fire prevention tips, have a go at the Combat Challenge and watch live demonstrations of the cause of kitchen fires, and the right and wrong way of how to put them out, and a road crash rescue.
The successful public event involved a large number of Te Awamutu firefighters, plus visiting firefighters and past brigade members.
Brigade members took the opportunity to hand out a number of fire safety pamphlets and hope the dramatic kitchen fire demonstration reinforces those safety messages and reminds people of the correct way to deal with a stove top fire should that occur.
The open day preceded the formal event, held Saturday night to honour firefighters and people in the community who had ensured Te Awamutu's Brigade had remained strong over the past century.
The brigade wishes to thank a number of local businesses which helped or supported the weekend celebrations.
They also thank other firefighters, especially the Otorohanga Volunteer Fire Brigade, which provided a crew to ensure Te Awamutu was covered in case of an emergency.
Te Awamutu Courier will publish more stories about the 100-year celebration of Te Awamutu Volunteer Fire Brigade in future issues.