Over 1000 kids, parents and grandparents enjoyed the Sixth Annual San Marcos Fire Department Open House held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Fire Station 5. The event was an enormous hit with free food, fire truck rides, safety demonstrations, vendors handed out emergency or other local information, emergency vehicles and helicopter displays, and child ID kits to name a few.
The theme was Don't Wait, Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years. The recently repaired Fire Safety House (from the Memorial Day Flood), reinforced the theme and was filled with children learning the importance of escaping from inside a structure fire, including climbing out the upstairs window and down the ladder.
Volunteers were the catalyst for this year's successful Open House. Citizen Fire Academy members and friends helped set up tables and chairs, load children for truck rides, prepare food and even dawned the Sparky the Fire Dog costume to give hugs. Firefighter's, their family members, and retiree's also helped in serving hundreds of hotdogs, chips, and lemonade to attendees.
Domino's, SMFD, and the National Fire Protection Association teamed up to promote the importance of working smoke detectors for the 2nd year in San Marcos. On two evenings, randomly selected customer's pizzas were delivered in a fire truck! Firefighter's checked the home for working smoke detectors, if they all worked, the pizza was free. If they were not working, the resident had to pay for the pizza but the fire department installed smoke detectors or replaced the batteries in the home for free.
Child squirting water on interactive display.
"This year's Fire Department Kick-Off was the best one yet," said Fire Chief Les Stephens. "We had perfect weather for our Open House, tons of volunteers, a huge turnout, and successful partnering with Domino's. I hope you will join us next year for our 7th annual Open House and Kick-off to Fire Prevention Month." Open House is held the first Saturday of October.
October is always Fire Prevention Month, help the fire department sound the alarm that working smoke alarms save lives by testing your smoke alarm and checking the expiration date. Visit the National Fire Protection Association Website.