We all asked lots of questions, and we learnt that:
- if we need the fire service, we need to dial 111, tell the operator we need the fire service, and we will need to know our full name and address.
- a fire truck holds 1400 litres of water,
- the Porirua fire station has been there for 65 years!
- firefighters do other jobs too - Chloe from Rata 1's Grandad, George, is a firefighter AND a boat builder
- firefighters breathe can breathe in fires by wearing special equipment called a breathing apparatus. It makes beeps and whistles, and you can hear the firefighter breathing. If we are ever in a fire and hear this sound we should not be afraid of it, because it's a good sound and means help is on the way.
- Porirua Fire Service has about 1200 call outs a year, not just to fight fires! They also help with floods, traffic accidents, or any emergency that needs an immediate hands on response.
- Firefighters used to carry axes on their belts to be able to get into houses to fight fires. They use different tools now.
- Some firefighters, like Kieran, used to do other jobs. He used to be an ambulance officer.
- Firefighters go into fires in pairs (with a buddy), to keep each other safe.
We also learnt all about the special protective clothing firefighters wear when they're fighting fires.
Their boots have steel toe caps and soles to protect their feet from nails and anything falling.
Firefighter's pants are 4 layers thick, and have thick black patches on their knees to protect them. There are reflective panels that mean we can see the firefighters in the dark! The full set of pants and coat cost about $2000, and every firefighter has one.
Firefighters wear a 'flash hood' under their helmet to protect their ears from getting burnt, and then a helmet to protect their head. The helmet has a flap at the back to protect their neck from anything falling.
Lastly, firefighters put on their gloves once they're all ready to fight fires, to protect their hands.
Here are some photos from their visit: