Tweed fire-fighters enjoying Christmas lunch were, from left, Mark Johnson, Brad Kilduff, George Southerland, Peter Southerland and Gavin McDonald.
Tweed fire-fighters enjoying Christmas lunch were, from left, Mark Johnson, Brad Kilduff, George Southerland, Peter Southerland and Gavin McDonald. Blainey Woodham

Firies still enjoy Xmas at work

TWEED Heads firefighters were swapping their helmets for Santa hats and reindeer antlers yesterday.

While their families and friends enjoyed a day of rest, firefighters on duty at Tweed Heads Fire Brigade enjoyed a small Christmas Day lunch.

The five firefighters at the station, four full-time and one retained, enjoyed a spread of prawns, salad, ham and bread.

Station officer Mark Johnson said they were making the most of the festive season. “We’re a bit more relaxed than usual but ready to jump up at the first sign of trouble,” Mr Johnson said.

“We went out for a bit before and you can tell people are really appreciative to know we are around, in case anything happens.

Every year the firefighters on duty Christmas Day put in money to buy the lunch, even managing to snag fresh prawns off a Tweed trawler on Christmas Eve.

“We’re still ready to respond to anything but we’re all felt a bit more relaxed. We’re still here 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, Mr Johnson said.

Mr Johnson said there were no major incidents to report yesterday.

“It’s been a nice, calm day, just the way it should be,” he said.



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