Open House attracts community
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 by Grayson Edds
Belton Fire Station No. 2 hosted an Open House event on Saturday in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week. The fire department pulled out all the stops to welcome and attract the community for their first annual event.
"We wanted to get the community together to promote awareness and safety so hopefully no one knows the devastation of fire," said Fire Chief Francisco Corona.
"It's before winter, which is when fire safety is the most important."
Throughout the week the fire department has been visiting schools and daycares, speaking with classes about this year's Fire Prevention Week theme "Two Ways Out". The children said thank you by coloring posters for the fire department, which were on display throughout the garage and along the walls inside the station.
During the event, firefighters took the time to help children take aim at a target with the fire hose and climb aboard the ladder truck and go as far as their bravery would take them up the ladder. They also spoke with the children about all the buttons and levers inside the ambulances and fire engines.
Some firefighters joined in the children's surprise as a medic helicopter landed behind the fire station. The pilots cut the engines, climbed out, and opened the doors.
Eager children were able to climb in and out of the helicopter, sit in the seats, and even lay down on the stretcher.
Sparky the Dalmation was onsite to shake hands and take photos, hot dogs and refreshments were served, crowds were led through the firehouse on tours and they even showed off their heat-sensing camera.
The kids were also able to enjoy a bounce house, face painting, and 'stop, drop & roll' activities.