Winter Fire Safety Campaign launch/Graduation Ceremony - Orchard Hills

Published: 27 May 2022 06:32am

A four-year-old boy, who almost died in a fireplace accident, and his mother will join the Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience, the Fire and Rescue New South Wales Commissioner and other dignitaries at a media conference this morning to launch the state’s annual Winter Fire Safety Campaign.

Cayden Blake was 12 months old when he walked into an open fireplace and suffered severe burns to his hands, arms and face. He spent three months on/off recovering in the Burns Unit at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Ever since the incident, Cayden has wanted to become a firefighter and he will be presented with his own ‘junior’ Fire and Rescue NSW uniform by the Minister and Commissioner.

Cayden and the media will also have an opportunity to watch 188 FRNSW firefighters graduating from the Emergency Services Academy at Orchard Hills.
WHEN:    8.45am for 9am TODAY (Friday 27 May)
    (please meet at gate 3)
WHERE:  Emergency Services Academy
               1 Distribution Drive
               Orchard Hills (street level parking available)
WHO:    The Honourable Steph Cooke MP
   Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience
   Minister for Flood Recovery
   Paul Baxter
   FRNSW Commissioner

 Ben Millington
  Assistant Commissioner - Rural Fire Service
  Dr John Harvey
  Australian/New Zealand Burns Association
 Tiffany Rapley-Adams
  Mother of burns victim
  Cayden Blake
  4yo burns victim
 Media note: Video and stills of Cayden recovering from his injuries are available via: [external link] [external link]
Shaun Fewings
FRNSW Media Manager
0497 022 868

Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:14pm

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