PLAY TIME: William Ross, 3, enjoys the visit from Gladstone Fire Brigade on Wednesday, with firefighter Adam Hollier.
PLAY TIME: William Ross, 3, enjoys the visit from Gladstone Fire Brigade on Wednesday, with firefighter Adam Hollier. Stacey Wilkinson

Big red truck brightens up day of Dirty Rascals Playgroup

IT'S coming into their busiest time of year, but the firefighters at Gladstone Fire Station still had time to make some youngsters' days this week, visiting Dirty Rascals Playgroup with their fire truck.

The pre-schoolers had a tour of the mean machine, and even took turns on the hose.

The brigade make time to visit all the primary schools in Gladstone at least once a year, for the fire education program for grade ones.

And firefighter Brad Rosenblatt said trips to kindies and pre-schools were also "quite regular".

"It gets kids used to seeing us in all our gear, so they know not to be scared," he said.

The Dirty Rascals playgroup meets at the Uniting Church on Dixon Drv, on Wednesdays from 9.30-11.30am.