The Southlake Fire Department held its 50th Anniversary and Open House on March 5th and celebrated with record crowds! Nearly five-hundred kids and adults attended the event which was held at Fire Station #1 at 600 State Street. In fact, fire department staff ran out of the 350 hot dogs, chips and drinks they had purchased and dashed out to get more!
The first one-hundred kids received a free t-shirt and they went quickly! Kids really enjoyed all of the fun activities including: a bounce house, balloon artist, clowns, face painting, station tours and vehicle displays. The department’s doll-sized smoke house was a big hit again and educational for the kids too. Firefighters used it to demonstrate how quickly a house can fill with smoke and what children need to do to get out safely.
Attendees really enjoyed watching the extrication demonstration. Firefighters used a tool, known as the ‘jaws of life,’ to show how they gain access to people who are trapped inside a vehicle following an accident. Crowds gathered around the extrication demonstration and watched in amazement as firefighters took one door, then another door, and finally the roof off of the wrecked vehicle.
Our emergency management team handed out brochures and talked about personal preparedness for kids. They also passed out mosquito fact sheets along with mosquito repellent and dunks to help treat mosquito breeding sites around family’s homes.
Kids loved getting their own unique balloon art from the balloon artist; getting their face painted; jumping around in the bounce house and climbing inside the fire trucks and emergency vehicles.
Fire Chief Mike Starr said, “It was a very special day for Southlake families and the fire department. We are glad that everyone who came out had a great time and we look forward to having another Open House in the future.” (*Photos by one of wonderful volunteers Cindy Robinson)