Firefighters play host to city residents at Midtown firehouse

Photo by Dave Gorgon

Photo by Dave Gorgon

Blake Robinson, a 20-month-old Taylor boy, tries his hand at operating a fire hose. With him are his grandfather, Dan Patrias of Taylor, and Capt. Senior Fire Inspector Troy Teifer.

TAYLOR — Nearly 500 people attended the open house at the Midtown Taylor Fire Station June 12 and 13.

“The Taylor firefighters believe the event was a huge success,” said Capt. Fire Inspector Jesse Kriebel, aka Firefighter Jesse. “We enjoyed the opportunity to entertain and educate Taylor residents. It was nice to meet our citizens without them having to call us for an emergency. Unfortunately, most of the time we ‘meet by accident.’”

He said the smoke house successfully demonstrated how to survive a fire emergency to nearly every family in attendance. Firefighters made sure children were safe on the bounce houses. A “dress-up like a firefighter” station afforded family photo opportunities.

The “B-Shift” car accident extrication team showed off its skills with the Jaws of Life. Members of the Emergency Medical Service and Fire Marshal Division were happy to interact with the public by answering questions, giving safety tips and distributing handouts.

The city’s Department of Golf, Parks & Recreation also was in attendance to assist and promote family events in town. Police inspected car seats and taught bike safety. Firefighters and police worked together to properly fit and give away more than 100 bicycle helmets.

Staff from the Taylor Famous Dave’s restaurant may have been the most popular attraction, distributing pulled pork sandwiches and coleslaw to anyone who asked.