Fire department open houses entertaining, informative

Crowds of little boys and girls swarmed the Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Fire Department’s open house Sept. 30, many with aspirations of becoming a firefighter or police officer by the end of the night.

The annual open houses to mark Fire Prevention Week offer children the opportunity to explore emergency vehicles and ride in a fire truck. Educators are on hand to quiz little ones. Additionally, they can spray a fire hose, try on firefighters’ gear and more.

Fire Station No. 2, 1149 89th Ave. NE, Blaine, was ablaze with activity Monday. Josh Omann and Connor Van Cleave, nine-year-old neighbors, took turns trying on fire gear, which was a little big on them. “It’s so hot – I’m sweating,” Connor said once he was all suited up.

Both boys said that using the heavy-duty hose was their favorite activity.

By the end of the evening, Aubrey Weil, 4, knew how to respond to the question, “Where should you go if there is a fire?” “Outside!” she yelled without hesitation.

Kids agreed that the back of Officer Reggie Larson’s police car looked like a jail cell, clearly a place for bad guys.

Fire Station No. 1 in Spring Lake Park had its open house Sept. 28.

Two more open houses are coming up soon: Fire Station No. 3, 11920 Ulysses Street NE, Blaine, will host kids Saturday, Oct. 5, from 1-4 p.m. The fun continues at Fire Station No. 4, 10290 Lever Street, Blaine, Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Olivia Koester is at [email protected]

Colby Zajaczkowski, 3, helps Firefighter Matt Prebil hose down a “burning house” at the station two Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Fire Department open house Monday. Stations three and four have open houses coming up Oct. 5 and 12, respectively. Photos by Olivia Koester Ashley Krepsky assists Josh Omann, 9, as he straps on all of the gear he will need to fight fires. Children waiting in line to ride the fire truck had the opportunity to learn about safety and win prizes from Katrina Krist. Aubrey Weil, 4, shows her twin brother Alec the bracelet she won for answering a question correctly about fire safety. As a fire truck comes into view, two-year-old Drew Wright’s face lights up. Blaine Police Officer Reggie Larson and his K-9 companion Rex visit with curious youngsters. The duo has its own trading card. Colin Igo, 2, gets behind the wheel of a police car as Logan Rose, 6, looks on. Den Leader Jessie Crooks corrals Pack 522 to quiz the Tiger Cubs on what they learned about community safety.
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Colby Zajaczkowski, 3, helps Firefighter Matt Prebil hose down a “burning house” at the station two Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Fire Department open house Monday. Stations three and four have open houses coming up Oct. 5 and 12, respectively. Photos by Olivia Koester