IN BRIEF

Fire Awareness Day

Learn how to use a fire extinguisher the right way, discover the do's and don'ts in a kitchen fire, and witness how clever canines assist in fire investigations at the Blacktown Fire Awareness Day on Wednesday, August 27.

David Weir from Fire and Rescue NSW said the event focuses on the cultural and language diversity of Blacktown.

"It's really important that we work with the community to raise awareness about fire safety and build safe practices in the home," he says.

He adds that the day will be packed with interactive, fun and educational displays.

Fire and Rescue officers will be on hand to provide information and answer questions, and will also simulate a kitchen fire.

People can also learn how to use fire extinguishers and blankets and get a close look at the fire trucks and equipment used by the experts. Free info bags and a sausage sizzle will also be available.

Refugees' new starts

Blacktown will be well represented at Settlement Services International's third Speakers' Series event tonight (August 26) in Ashfield.

A panel presentation and discussion will explore the theme, Perception is Reality: how do we form our perceptions of refugees and asylum seekers?

Panel members include former Blacktown police superintendent Mark Wright and journalist Chris Rau, a Kings Langley resident.

Ms Rau has written about asylum seekers since 2005. She is the sister of Cornelia Rau, a German citizen and Australian permanent resident who was wrongfully detained in 2004-05 under the federal government's mandatory detention program.

The Speakers' Series event is on tonight, 6pm-7.30pm in the Settlement Services International auditorium, Level 2, 158 Liverpool Road, Ashfield.

Attendance by public: register at Eventbrite.com.au.

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