Fire Fighter Jim Thomas will be throwing lollies out to all the kids in the streets of Bilambil on Christmas eve.
Fire Fighter Jim Thomas will be throwing lollies out to all the kids in the streets of Bilambil on Christmas eve. Blainey Woodham

RFS spreading Christmas cheer with Santa on fire (truck)

BILAMBIL Rural Fire Service will spread Christmas cheer today, with Santa Claus in tow.

Deputy Captain Matthew Bennett said the brigade had escorted Santa around at Christmas for the last seven years.

He said this year Santa would head out with the brigade on a number of occasions to deliver goodies to children.

"The kids love it, they love seeing Santa on the fire truck," he said.

Mr Bennett said the Santa run could also inspire more people to join the Rural Fire Service.

"We get a lot of adults ask about the brigade."

He said the outing could double up as educational, as they carry fire safety information on the trucks.

Santa and the Bilambil RFS will visit Billabong Swim Centre in Tweed Heads at 10.30am today.

Billabong Swim Centre co-owner John Bonning said the children would be thrilled to see Santa visit in the fire truck.

"We have lessons on at the same time, and the attention does astray a bit while Santa's coming around," Mr Bonning said.

He added that such visits clearly got people interested in the Rural Fire Service. His son Ian is a member of the Bilambil brigade.

Santa will make his way around Bilambil and Terranora from 5pm on Christmas Eve. He also visited the kids at Banora Point Early Learning Centre earlier this week.



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