Special day for fireman Trev
BILINGA Fire Station B shift took time out yesterday to make a special birthday appearance at Blue Care Amaroo Aged Care Facility.
Trevor Bale turned 63 yesterday, celebrating in style with family and friends, staff, cake and a front-seat ride in the fire truck.
Mr Bale, who has Down Syndrome, has been a resident at the facility for 17 years.
While he was once scared of fire drills he now embraces them and can't get enough of the official procedures.
His friend and mentor within the facility care staff Alan Bartlett has brought Mr Bale out of his shell by focusing on his individual interests and organised the ultimate birthday present with a visit from the fire brigade.
Diversional therapist Barbara Tsakmakis said leisure and lifestyle was a huge part of the facilities therapy.
"We try to focus on their individual interests," Ms Tsakmakis said.
"Trevor loves fire engines and music and singing so he has had a great day.
"This has been wonderful for him.
"The firies from Bilinga are just marvellous; we're very grateful."
Mr Bale's sister Esta said Trevor couldn't be happier.
"He's more confident now he's found an interest with the fire brigade," she said.
"I come in here every day and you can tell he's lost all his inhibitions and he loves being here."