Local families came out early Sunday morning for breakfast and hands-on experience with fire equipment during the annual Open House.
Firefighters and volunteers from the Wyandotte Exchange Club served up sausage, applesauce, pancakes and drinks from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Children who filled in a coloring sheet that had been distributed at local schools received a free breakfast.
The open house, which was set to coincide with Fire Prevention Week, also gave children a chance to spray a real fire hose, climb in the driver’s seat of a fire truck and check out the back of an ambulance. Children also received goody bags with age-appropriate activities and puzzles relating to fire safety.
All profits from the open house went to support the firefighters’ charity fund. They frequently donate money to the families of sick firefighters, muscular dystrophy research foundations and youth sports teams.
"It’s just something to open up to the community a little bit,” said firefighter Jeffrey Stehlik, who organized the event. He estimated that about 1,000 people attend the open house every year.
“It’s a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun for us, too,” he said. “You know, with the way times are now, we need to be doing things like this more than ever, really.”
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