VIDEO: Firies play a huge role educating our kids
THE excitement in the room is palpable and the little people run around, unable to sit still in their excitement as they try and get a glimpse of their very special visitors - the Maryborough fire crew.
The rock star greeting is taken in stride by firefighters Paul Sanders and Graham Wex as they settle into Tinana World of Learning.
It is a part of their role not many people would associate with a firefighter - their role as an educator.
The children stare at the pair, eyes goggling as they take in everything.
Paul takes the kids through what makes a good fire and what makes a bad fire while Graham shows off his protective equipment.
Then the moment all the kids are waiting for - a chance to spray the hose with auxiliary firefighter Troy Hart.
The visit to the kindergarten is the first job outside of the station for the firefighters who seem to relish in the chance to get out and about.
For the D Shift they are on the first of two day shifts, each from 8am to 6pm before moving to the night shift for the following two days.
The day starts with checks on the trucks to ensure everything is in working order before heading out to visit the kindergarten.
On the return, there is a chance for lunch before the day's only "turnout", the firefighters' term for an emergency.
The bells in the station ring and the four-man crew are in the truck in a matter of seconds - the only information on hand is a potential gas leak in the CBD.
The turnout is a false alarm - someone had been using drain cleaner in the area.
On return to the station, the crew begins a part of training they say they do not get to practice enough.
A cheap old car has been deposited at the fire station for the crews to use to practice rescue techniques.
Using hydraulic spreaders and cutters, the team takes about an hour to transform a Ford Festiva with no outside damage into a convertible.
The afternoon brings a lull and the crew begins to talk about why they got into fire fighting.
"I had a few friends about 20 years ago who told me how good the job was and how good the mateship was and just that it wasn't your everyday job," Paul Toohey said.
For Paul Sanders, the variety of the job was going to keep him coming back.
"Today we have had a reasonably quiet day but, you know, at any time you can get a job and be doing something completely different," he said.