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No fire, just plenty of fun

City's firefighters welcome residents, who get a chance to inspect equipment and learn fire safety.

May 16, 2007|By Robert S. Hong

The Burbank Fire Department's community outreach was in full effect Saturday as thousands came out to celebrate national Fire Service Day with their local firefighters.

Shiny engines lined streets around Burbank Police & Fire Headquarters as visitors passed by and marveled at the mechanical giants while learning more about the officials who are always on call to serve the city.

Along with displaying their equipment and information about fire services and safety, the event also offered demonstrations of tactics such as car rescues using the Jaws of Life.

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It's an opportunity for the community to come and see what Burbank Fire is all about," said David O'Connor, a cadet from the Verdugo Fire Academy who helped at the event. "The events are targeted toward both children and adult awareness."

There was also plenty of entertainment for children.

Children had a chance to dress up in firefighter gear, climb into a fire truck and take pictures with costumed characters, among many other things.

"It's a lot of fun, especially for the kids to learn about fire safety," said Ingrid Rushing, of Burbank. "It's very nice and it's always important to have good relations with the police and fire department."

Throughout the day, residents and visitors traveled through the open house, getting more informed about those protecting the city.

"The event was very nice," Burbank resident Elizabeth Distan said. "I imagine it's a good thing to get people used to the Fire Department."

People were getting used to the Fire Department in neighboring Glendale, too.

Crowds of people packed the halls of the Glendale Fire Station No. 21 Saturday for family fun, education and a chance to better know their Fire Department.

"It's a little bit of education and an invite into our home," said Glendale Fire Capt. Ron Bell. "It lets the community get to know us, which is important."

The scene was the department's Centennial Fire Service Day and the department went all out to let people know what it's all about.

"It's kind of like an open house, we're trying to let the community see who we are and what we do, Glendale Fire Capt. Tom Propst said.

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