Medowie: Mighty Mike to teach kids about fire safety

:   Bill Taylor, President of Medowie RFS and creator of ‘Mighty Mike’ Photo supplied by Medowie Rural Fire Service
Bill Taylor, President of Medowie RFS and creator of ‘Mighty Mike’ Photo supplied by Medowie Rural Fire Service

MEDOWIE Rural Fire Service(RFS) have a new truck, and this one is going to be a hit with the tiny fire fighters of the future.

‘Mighty Mike’ is a model fire truck designed for younger children to sit in.

It includes lights, siren and a TV screen simulating the experience of a crew traveling to a fire – and even shows images of Medowie streets as the ‘truck’ races to a fire.

The truck was built by one of the Medowie RFS volunteers, our president, Bill Taylor.

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A significant amount of detail went into making the model truck, the design and construction of which took hundreds of hours.

The truck is named after a former brigade member, Mike Maskey, who passed away 7 years ago.

Mike had been a strong supporter of the brigade when he was the local butcher, prior to becoming a member, and was a well-known and respected local.

As a volunteer, Mike Maskey was heavily involved in all brigade activities.

Mike was a Deputy Captain of the brigade and took a leading role in training and community education.

Ken Johnson from Medowie RFS told News Of The Area, “Mighty Mike will be used to support the brigade’s community engagement activities.”

“While the children are enjoying the experience brigade members will be taking the opportunity to discuss fire safety issues with their parents,” said Mr Johnson.

Mighty Mike will be unveiled to the public at the Medowie Rural Fire Service Open Day, which will be held at the station on Saturday 10th September (10am-2pm).

 

By Rachael VAUGHAN

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