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Fire dept. to host Open House Oct. 6

Oxford firefighter Mike Upshur taught Sam Schwab how to use a fire hose at last year's Open House. Photo by CJC. (click for larger version)
October 02, 2013 - Growing up to become a firefighter is a dream for many little boys and girls.

The Oxford Fire Department is offering them a chance to live out that dream – at least for a few hours – with its annual Open House on Sunday, Oct. 6.

The event will run from 12-4 p.m. at Fire Station #1 (96 N. Washington St.) in downtown Oxford.

Kids will get the opportunity to sit inside real fire engines and ambulances, spray water out of a genuine fire hose, learn how to use a fire extinguisher and meet the firefighters who protect them.

They'll also learn lifesaving tips inside a fire safety trailer that fills with fake smoke and get an up-close view of a medical helicopter, which is expected to land behind the station between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Plenty of little plastic fire hats will be handed out as well as sticker badges.

Free hot dogs, cookies and soft drinks will be available to visitors.

CJ Carnacchio is editor for The Oxford Leader. He lives in the Village of Oxford with his wife Connie and daughter Larissa. When he's not busy working on the newspaper, he enjoys cigars/pipes, Martinis/Scotch, hunting and fishing.
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