Amidst the flames engulfing a local Larchmont car dealership early Wednesday morning, firefighters from near and far worked tirelessly to extinguish the blaze that burned for hours.
Without local fire departments, none of that would have been possible.
This Saturday, Oct. 13, the Town of Mamaroneck Fire Department (TOMFD) will hold a free Open House from noon to 3 p.m. at 205 Weaver St. to remind the community of what they do and why it’s important.
It’s been a local tradition for over two decades, said David Maisel, the public information officer for the TOMFD.
“The primary purpose of the Open House is to bring the community together while learning more about fire safety through fun and adventure. We try to mix fun and games for the children while educating the adults and children on fire safety.”
The town’s fleet of fire trucks will be out on display for kids to sit in or “drive,” and fire tools, safety equipment and gear will be made available for curious hands to wrangle with.
As they have done in the past, members of the TOMFD will participate in a simulated bailout for attendees, by jumping out of a second floor window utilizing the tools required to make a safe landing.
And, to teach kids how to escape from a potentially harmful smoke inhalation scenario, a “smoke filled” room will be set up where kids can crawl on their stomachs to safety, while being supervised by firefighters.
There will be hot dogs, soda and giveaways, sponsored by the TOMFD.
“In the past we have had approximately 300 visitors between noon and 3 p.m.,”said Maisel about the event’s attendance by the community.
The TOMFD is made up of approximately 80 members, most of whom are volunteers.