31/08/2015 4:59 PM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST

Newtown Fire Station Says Scrap Visa Checks, Relax And Watch Gayby Baby Instead


The officers stationed at Newtown Fire Station in Sydney’s inner west regularly chime in on topical issues via their noticeboard -- together with a fire safety message, obviously.

This week, they’ve jumped in on the #OperationFortitude debate while offering their support of feature film, Gayby Baby, which received intense media scrutiny last week after the NSW government applied a state-wide ban of the film being screened in schools.

“We always try to make humour of a topical issue, and this time we covered two issues with one stone,” Matt Murphy, from Newtown Fire Station, told The Huffington Post Australia.

“We’ve been big supporters of equality in the past -- during Mardi Gras, especially. “We’ll always include a fire safety message too."

Murphy admitted that they were "treading a thin line" with their cheeky message given the statewide ban on screening Gayby Baby in NSW schools, mandated last week by the Department of Education.

“It’s not 100 percent condoned by Fire Rescue NSW -- we’re treading a thin line -- so if we overstep it, they’ll put a stop to it,” said Murphy.

But the community is loving it.

“Through our noticeboard we’re raising awareness -- and our own profile,” he said.

And the most popular message to date?