Dubbo residents enjoyed the chance to learn more about Australia's largest urban fire and rescue service on Saturday when visited local fire stations for the Fire and Rescue NSW open day.
Firefighting demonstrations, station tours and safety presentations all proved popular.
Dubbo Station Officer Chris Cusack said the open day was an opportunity to show people firefighters do much more than just fight fires.
"We do fight fires and save people from burning buildings, but our mission and capabilities extend far beyond fire response," he said.
"From road crashes, hazardous material incidents and natural disasters to urban search and rescue and humanitarian relief, our firefighters are prepared for anything and ready to help anyone, anytime, anywhere."
Mr Cusack said the open day also gave residents the opportunity to talk to the experts about home fire safety in the lead up to winter.
"We see a 10 per cent increase in the number of home fires during the winter months, with more fires starting in bedrooms and lounge rooms due to things like heaters and electric blankets," he said.
State member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said the open day was a great chance for families to get up close with firetrucks and special equipment.
He said it also provided them with the chance to learn more about the critical work firefighters do to protect the community.
Furthermore, he said it was also an opportunity for residents to learn how to be fire-safe, chat to their local firefighters and say 'thank you' for bravely protecting and serving the Dubbo community.
Emergency Services Minister David Elliott thanked the "brave men and women of Fire and Rescue NSW who put their lives on the line to keep the community safe".
The open day was also an opportune time to thank these heroes for the work they do, he said.
Open days were held in stations across the state throughout the month of May.
Originally known as the NSW Fire Brigades, Fire and Rescue NSW will celebrate its 120th birthday in 2020.