PIERCETON — The Pierceton Fire Department held their annual open house to celebrate Fire Prevention Week with activities for kids and adults.
Lake City played music as kids and adults walked through the Pierceton Fire Station to learn a bit more about fire safety and prevention.
After individuals walked through the door, they began to visit a series of booths in the fire department that ranged from signing up for raffle tickets, to listening to fire fighters about fire safety.
EMS captain Alicia Elder, who was also on the committee to plan to open house, stated the open house was designed so that, “There was something for all ages.”
Local EMS and firefighters volunteered to run booths during the event.
Elder mentioned sometimes it can be frightening for kids when they see a fire fighter in all of their gear. Elder stated part of the reason for the event was to show kids that, “firemen aren’t scary,” and “If, God forbid, they go through that [fire],” they have already had interactions with fire fighters in a safe setting and are not afraid.
48 area businesses donated the money for fire extinguishers that were to be raffled during the event. Elder said they received so many donations for fire extinguishers, they were able to give away a free extinguisher every seven minutes doing the event.
Kids were able to climb into an ambulance and firetrucks during the open house. They also had a station where kids could learn how to stop drop and roll during a fire. A bouncy house was provided for kids to play in.
Parents were able to pick up information about fire prevention and safety. Adults were also able to sign up for a smoke detector that fire fighters would come to their home to install correctly. One booth also provided a fingerprint kit which allowed parents to save their kids fingerprints in preparation for a time their child might go missing.