Kingaroy firefighter Jesse Barnes with his daughter Phoebe, 3, were watching the kitchen fire demonstration

June 30, 2022

Under 8s Day was a real blast for families in Kingaroy’s Memorial Park on Thursday morning.

There was an “exploding” kitchen fire (see below), fire hoses, sirens, police vehicles and even two police horses!

The day was organised by South Burnett Partnerships For Kids with support from the South Burnett Regional Council.

While the children had fun exploring all the emergency services vehicles or playing games, adults could browse one of the 30 stalls spread around the park.

Peta Clarkson, from South Burnett Partnerships For Kids, said everything was free and everyone taking part was a volunteer.

“We are trying to let the community know what is out there,” she said.

“It is amazing how the whole community has come together to support families.”

There was health and emergency information and tips on how children can transition from kindy into school.

For the kids, there was biscuit decorating, facepainting, music and prizes. Even the Kingaroy Men’s Shed got into the act, showing children how to drive a nail!

Special guest for the day was “singing author” Deano Yipadee.

Peta Clarkson and Jacqui Grosskopf, from South Burnett Partnerships For Kids
Mum Kathy looks on as David Forrest, 10, from Murgon, has fun with the McEuen Rural Fire Brigade’s pressure hose
The fire hose was almost as big as Taya Forrest, 5
Acting Sergeant Jon Reid, from the Police Forensic Crash Unit, with two of the items he uses during crash investigations, a total station theodolite and a camera drone
Jayden Stead, 7 1/2 months from Kingaroy, was probably the youngest “patient” to enjoy a ride on the QAS ambulance stretcher
Some of the Family Well-Being and Alcohol & Other Drugs teams from CRAICCHS … Gerard Pryor, Josh Renouf, Robert Langton and Daisy Sandow
Sergeant Michelle Blaney and ‘Stridey’, from the QPS Mounted Unit, came up from Brisbane with Senior Constable Borgeaud and ‘Karma’
SBRC Local Disaster Management Committee chair Cr Danita Potter and Mayor Brett Otto with father and son duo Martin and Nathan Lloyd, from McEuen Rural Fire Brigade … Nathan was recently named the North Coast Region Rural Fire Service Young Volunteer of the Year 2022
Cr Kathy Duff with Tanekka Bartlett and Aaron Santleben, from Murgon, and Zayden, 2, and Maddox, 1

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Kitchen Fire Demo

The QFES kitchen fire demonstration was popular with the crowd at Under 8s Day.

Kingaroy Fire Station Officer Bruce Groer demonstrated what happens if you try to put out an oil fire on the stove with water.

The water instantly turns to steam and expands to 1700 times its size, and the boiling oil explodes.

Now the right way … using a fire blanket.

Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables


One Response to "Under 8s Have Fun In The Park"

  1. Very well done to all the organisers. What a turn out!

    QAS and the Kingaroy Local Ambulance Committee were proud to be part of the Emergency Services representation on the day.

    So many budding paramedics, police officers and firies, too!

    So good that you beat the rain. See you next year! – Kay Dove, Secretary, Kingaroy LAC

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