COVID concerns lead to cancellation of Open Day at fire stations

Youngsters enjoy a previous Open Day at Mortdale fire station. Picture: Chris Lane
Youngsters enjoy a previous Open Day at Mortdale fire station. Picture: Chris Lane

Tomorrow's planned Open Day at fire stations across Sydney has been cancelled.

Fire and Rescue NSW announced, "Due to a ban issued by the Fire Brigade Employees Union, there will be no Open Day activities taking place in fire stations across Sydney as well as the Hunter and Illawarra regions".

The union said in a statement, "The safety of members has been our priority throughout the COVID-19 pandemic".

"Following recent instances of community transmission and the reintroduction of restrictions by the NSW Government, we had concerns about Open Day going ahead as planned on 15 May 2021," a statement said.

"Following correspondence between the Union and FRNSW, those concerns remained. SCOM met yesterday where the issue was raised and a motion on it passed.

"Therefore, all members in Metro Zones are hereby instructed not to participate in any in-person activities as part of Open Day and are instead encouraged to take part in online activities.

"This is in the interests of the safety of both members and the public."

More than 100 stations in regional NSW will go ahead with their Open Day.

Several regional hubs will also open and will provide extra activities: