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 olivia.koester@ecm-inc.com

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