Lucas Fire-Rescue Educates Community During Open House

Lucas Fire-Rescue Educates Community During Open House

 “Frankenstein” wears firefighter gear in the back of a fire truck.

“Frankenstein” wears firefighter gear in the back of a fire truck.

Lucas Fire-Rescue kicked off 2018 Fire Prevention Week (FPW) with an open house on Sunday, Oct. 7 from noon to 4 p.m. Family and friends within the community stopped by the fire station to have fun while learning about fire safety. FPW’s theme for this year’s campaign is, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware - fire can happen anywhere.” The goal is to help people understand the importance of looking for places a fire might start, listening for smoke alarms and knowing how to exit every room inside their home.

Members of Lucas Fire-Rescue and the Collin County Sherriff’s Office spent the afternoon sharing important safety information and also taught adults how to properly use a fire extinguisher. Children took part in fire prevention activities, along with a physical ability test. After having their faces painted, boys and girls were all smiles as they sat inside fire trucks, wore firefighter gear and sprayed water from a fire hose into a spinning window.

 A Lucas Fire-Rescue member helps a child use a fire hose.

A Lucas Fire-Rescue member helps a child use a fire hose.

Dalmatians Club of North Texas brought two Dalmatians to the event while Blackland Prairie Raptor Center’s volunteers showcased owls and other birds the organization has rescued. Firewise USA’s volunteers detailed steps homeowners should take when preparing for wildfires. Lone Star Search and Rescue, a group assisting law enforcement with finding missing persons or disaster victims, brought certified K-9 dogs to the event. Friends of Lucas Fire-Rescue and Grayson Collin Electric Cooperative attended the event, as well as a representative from the National Weather Service.

Lucas Fire-Rescue Fire Chief Ted Stephens is happy with the event’s success stating, “This year’s open house may have been our best yet. We estimate between 200-250 people stopped by and visited with us. We had several new booths this year that were a big hit. Thank you to all that participated! For those not able to participate, stop by the station anytime for a tour.”

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