Sparky the fire dog was surrounded by admiring fans on October 12, during the Vankleek Hill Fire Department's open house. (Photo: Tara Kirkpatrick)

Full house at the Vankleek Hill Fire Department open house

On Wednesday, October 12, the Vankleek Hill Fire Station was crowded with families and laughter for the annual open house, which coincided with Ontario’s Fire Prevention Week.

Firefighters were busy grilling hot dogs and educating visitors about fire safety. Children had the opportunity to explore the fire trucks, to try on the bunker suits and to meet Sparky, the firehouse mascot. Groups of children also had the chance to drag a 185-pound training dummy through an obstacle course. The goal of the exercise was to show the children the effort it takes to drag an adult victim from a burning building. It also acted as a team building exercise for the dozen, or so children it required to move the dummy.


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Vankleek Hill firefighters were kept busy grilling hot dogs for the dozens of hungry visitors who attended the Vankleek Hill Fire Department's open house on October 12. (Photo: Tara Kirkpatrick)
Vankleek Hill firefighters were kept busy grilling hot dogs for the dozens of hungry visitors who attended the Vankleek Hill Fire Department’s open house on October 12. (Photo: Tara Kirkpatrick)
Sparky the firehouse mascot got lots of love at the Vankleek Hill Fire Department's open house. (Photo: Tara Kirkpatrick)
Sparky the firehouse mascot got lots of love at the Vankleek Hill Fire Department’s open house. (Photo: Tara Kirkpatrick)