Vestal FD Hosts Open House

By Lorne Fultonberg

Vestal FD Hosts Open House

October 6, 2012 Updated Oct 8, 2012 at 12:32 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Vestal Firefighters gave the community a behind the scenes look at what it does in preparation for Fire Awareness Week.

The firefighters ripped apart a minivan to show an emergency rescue, and took kids inside its Broome County Smoke House to demonstrate proper fire safety in the home.

"People get a chance to see at least some of the equipment that's available," said Town of Vestal Fire Marshal, Carle Truman. "And we get a chance to give back to the community a little bit of the things they're spending they're tax dollars on."

Felicia Roberts wasn't planning on attending the yearly event, but she and her five-year-old son found the demonstration too tempting to pass up.

"I think it gives kids a chance to see firefighters and police officers and see that they're just normal people and not something scary," she said.

Kids got a chance to meet their fire and police departments and take part in hands-on activities.

"Kids like fire trucks, and we've got a fair amount of them," Truman said. "They like to come and just be a part of this, mainly, it's a family affair, you get the parents there too"

Truman said he wanted to use the Open House to show that fire prevention is something that should be practiced all year long, not just for seven days.

Fire Prevention Week begins Sunday.

For more information on Fire Prevention, visit click here.

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.