Candice McLeod

Langford Fire Rescue welcomes the public this Sunday

Fire truck rides, the jaws of life and more on the agenda

If you’ve ever wondered how firefighters spend their time or have just wanted to take a spin in one of the trucks, then you won’t want to miss Langford Fire Rescue’s open house event this weekend.

“It’s an opportunity for us to open our doors up for the general public to see what we do on a daily basis,” said Lance Caven, Langford Fire Rescue safety inspector and firefighter.

With firefighters often only seeing some members of the public during times of crisis, he added, this gives them a chance to interact on a positive note.

“A lot of people drive by the hall … this is a good time for them to come out and see what we do.”

Instead peeking in the windows at the trucks and wondering about the equipment, visitors can get a front-row view. On Sunday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at Station 1 at 2625 Peatt Rd. will be open to share some of those experiences.

“We have all kinds of stuff,” Caven said, noting that the different types of equipment they use sometimes leaves visitors in awe.

Besides equipment displays, Langford emergency social services volunteers will be offering information on emergency kits, and other informative displays will be out for the public to browse.

For younger family members, a safety village complete with pedal cars will be behind the hall, and Caven added, “Kids can (also) crush a pop can with the jaws of life.”

Another area will see firefighters help kids learn to use a fire extinguisher on a real fire, and the station’s rock climbing/rappelling wall will be open for use.

But arguably the biggest hit of the day will be the fire truck rides – for all ages, not just kids. “Some people like to go two or three times,” Caven said, which is why he suggests to get in line early. The rides wrap up around 1:30 p.m. since the line can tend to be on the longer side.

Also on display will be the department’s brand new fire truck.

All of those activities will work up an appetite and the department is preparing to feed a lot of hungry mouths. The women’s auxiliary group is hosting a pancake breakfast, and a hot dog lunch will follow later in the open house.

Caven noted that some regularly attendees have noticed that the event is held in the fall rather than spring, when local departments traditionally open their doors. But he said past years have seen multiple departments host open houses on the same day.

“That may have been why we had a bigger crowd,” he said.

Another reason for the shift to fall is that the event now ties in with fire prevention week in October.

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