By CHARITY B. SMITH
Sunday Times Newspapers
WYANDOTTE — The Fire Department will host its annual pancake breakfast and open house from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at Station 1, 266 Maple.
Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 12 and under. Children who turn in a coloring sheet — distributed by the Fire Department through Wyandotte Public Schools — will be admitted free.
The breakfast will feature pancakes, sausage, bacon and a beverage.
The pancake breakfast is an opportunity for firefighters to raise money for their charities account. The account allows firefighters to give to various charitable situations as they arise.
“We keep a charities account with our union so that someone in the community becomes ill or needs assistance we can help them,” Firefighter Jeff Prisza said.
Prisza said the account was used recently to help a young person in the community with two broken legs, by purchasing a gaming system and games to keep the person entertained during recovery.
The department also supports the Muscular Dystrophy Association and burn centers.
“We are just helping people in need in the community,” Prisza said.
The open house is held every year during National Fire Prevention Week, which was created following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which destroyed a four-square-mile area in two days, and killed an estimated 300 people. This year the theme is “Hear the Beep When You Sleep. Every bedroom needs a working Smoke Alarm.” Firefighters will stress the importance of fire alarms during the open house. The open house also will feature a clown making balloon objects, and face painting available for children. The University of Michigan Survival Flight Helicopter will make an appearance at 10 a.m.
“We are hoping to have a pretty good turnout,” Prisza said. “In the past we’ve had as many as 300 people. The kids really enjoy it.”
(Charity B. Smith can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)