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Huntington Beach FD hosts Open House

by: HB News staff writer
Posted: October 14, 2019


Fire vehicles stand in front of HB Station 1 for the Open House event


HUNTINGTON BEACH....Motorists driving along Gothard Street on Saturday morning, October 19th., may have wondered what all the excitement was about has they passed Huntington Beach Fire Station #1 just north of Ellis Avenue.

Four fire and emergency vehicles were parked out in front of the station. Parents bringing their children on Saturday to see these emergency vehicles before they entered. Several other big red fire trucks inside the back area were ready for the youngsters for this annual open house event in recognition of National Fire Prevention Month.

Kieran Headington greets each vehicle entering the parking area


At 10 a.m. cars began lining up along Gothard Street to enter the station, while Kieran Headington would greet each and wave then through to the parking area.

In the days prior to the open house, Sparky, the Fire Dog, the unofficial boss of all the fire stations and the only one allowed to "bark out orders " to the crews had barked out his orders to Chief David Segura and all the crew members to get ready for this important free event for the kids and adults.

Sparky ordered that each and every vehicle be polished so that he could see himself reflected back and when Sparky barks out an order everyone jumps to work.

During the early mornings, firefighters polished their vehicles so they glistened in the morning sun and those polished red vehicles would now soon be reflecting the young smiling faces of children.

This year was the largest turnout of fire vehicles and the public attendance.

Matt from Santa Ana polishes the Huntington Beach Firefighters Association's portable grill


The Firefighters Association had their big grill and giving out free food to the long line of hungry people.

Right from the opening hour of the fire department's annual Open House event people came walking or in their vehicles in large numbers.

Learning what everything is for on an emergency vehicle


Kids of all ages came to the popular event to see what activities the firefighters had planned for this year's event.

Outside the training facility, the kids spotted a big, red, fire trucks parked. The truck's fire crews explained what each of the pieces of equipment on the truck was used for and to answer questions from children and their parents.

Members of the Emergency Management Response Unit (CERT) gets ready to show off their equipment


On hand were several members from the city's Emergency Management Response Unit (CERT), who explained how volunteers help the public in an emergency as firefighters tend to the emergency.

Firefighter Jon Wolfe asks for volunteers to learn CPR


Tours through the station were offered the public that showed where the firefighters ate and slept. One firefighter explained that each firefighters has to pay for their own food, each member of a crew on duty that day would typically put in $10 each to buy food at the local markets for meals.

There were games, kids got a chance at coloring a picture and other events for the youngsters to see and do at this year's open house.

A Search & Rescue members shows how to escape from a tall building


Firefighters showed the public some of the rescue techniques that save the lives of people in burning buildings or trapped vehicles. The public watched these special events and promised to be back next year.

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