Williamsburg Fire Department Celebrates Fire Prevention Week with Open House

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Saturday's Open House will include fire safety demonstrations in addition to free food and face painting. (Courtesy Williamsburg Fire Department)
Saturday’s Open House will include fire safety demonstrations in addition to free food and face painting. (Courtesy Williamsburg Fire Department)

The Williamsburg Fire Department is hosting a community Open House this Saturday in celebration of National Fire Prevention Week.

After last year’s Open House saw a turnout of more than 500 people, the fire department decided to make the event annual. They are hopeful there will be a similarly robust community response this time around.

“People should come out to the fire station because it’s their fire station,” said Eric Stone, technical assistant to the fire chief. “It belongs to the community.”

The Open House will provide an opportunity to get to know firefighters, emergency medical technicians and police officers in a relaxed, fun environment while also learning about the vital services they provide to the community.

The event will also have plenty of kid-appeal, with mascots like Sparky the Fire Dog, McGruff the Crime Dog and Smokey the Bear in attendance, in addition to real therapy dogs that kids can meet and pet.

There will also be lots of information and activities that relate to fire safety and prevention at the event. Equipment demos, station tours and demonstrations in the Fire Safety House will be occurring throughout the event. Attendees can also participate in free child safety seat checks.

Several area organizations such as Riverside Doctors’ Hospital and the Williamsburg Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be on site providing information about their services and missions to the public.

Attendees can also enjoy free hot dogs and face-painting for kids.

“We hope people will come out to learn about fire safety and fire prevention,” Stone said. “We also want to show the community we appreciate their support.”

This free event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.