Fire Departments Holding Open Houses

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In conjunction with national Fire Prevention Week, which runs Oct. 9 through Oct. 15, several local fire departments are hosting open houses this weekend.

The Payson and Houston Mesa Fire Departments will roll open the bay doors to the public Saturday for an inside look at station operations.

The PFD will highlight the theme of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Protect Your Family from Fire,” by focusing on three important topics: smoke alarms, escape plans and home addressing, said Vince Palandri, PFD captain and public education coordinator.

Firefighters will be available at Payson’s three fire stations to answer questions and hand out information on these topics. Stop by any station Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for more information. Station 11, is located at 400 W. Main St., Station 12, 108 E. Rancho Road and Station 13, 103 S. Rim Club Drive, the department’s newest station is east of Payson Concrete.

In Houston Mesa, volunteer firefighters as well as the Gila County Sheriff’s Office canine unit and Native Air helicopter will be at 8139 W. Mescalero Road from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to answer questions as well.

The fire department, along with the Caballo Club and the HMFD Auxiliary, will have fire trucks on display, ambulances, a helicopter, education trailer, handouts, safety demonstrations, children’s activities, drawings for smoke detectors, food and free ice cream from Scoops, said HMFD Chief Mark Essary.

For further information on the open house events or directions, call the PFD at (928) 4574-5242 Ext. 300 or the HMFD at (928) 472-7908.

To learn more about this year’s Fire Prevention Week, visit www.FirePreventionWeek.org.

The Pine-Strawberry Fire Department held an open house of sorts Oct. 1 when it brought a fire truck to the Pine Marketplace and met with residents. The department is not hosting any activities this weekend, but will be visiting the P-S school Oct. 21 for a public safety presentation for students, said Fire Chief David Staub.

The Hellsgate Fire Department is not hosting any events this weekend due to budget constraints, said Fire Chief Gary Hatch.

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