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Fire stations will host open houses

By JON WILSON
Published October 4, 2006


ST. PETERSBURG - You don't have to be a kid. Everyone likes a firetruck.

The big, red vehicles and plenty of other firefighting paraphernalia will be on display 9 a.m. until noon Saturday at all of the city's neighborhood fire stations.

The open house jump-starts Fire Prevention Week, which runs through Oct. 14. It is the first time all the fire stations have held open house on the same day, said Lt. Richard Feinberg, department spokesman.

"All our crews like interacting with the public," Feinberg said.

On Oct. 14, all are invited to a block party 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Fossil Park station, 6995 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. Free food, games and demonstrations are on the agenda.

Among the demonstrations will be the dousing of a car on fire, if wind conditions are safe, Feinberg said.

Also on hand that day will be the department's dive, hazardous materials and technical rescue teams.

It is the department's 17th annual party. It and the open house began a period of high-profile events as St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary next year.

The department will sponsor a haunted house on Halloween and hopes to have a presence at this year's First Night, the city's New Year's Eve celebration.