Fire District 2 hosts open house

The Wenatchee Wild mascot, Walt, can be seen interacting with attendees of the Douglas County Fire District 2 open house on the mini-pumper ride on Oct. 14. (Empire Press photo/David Heiling)

 

By David Heiling
Empire Press Correspondent

Abel Campbell, 4, wears a firefighter helmet at the Douglas County Fire District 2 open house on Oct. 14. (Empire Press photo/David Heiling)

EAST WENATCHEE — Hundreds of people came together on Oct. 14 to learn about Fire Prevention Week at the Douglas County Fire District 2 firehouse in East Wenatchee.

The theme of the day was “Every Second Counts,” and firemen and community organizations were on hand to promote the planning, practicing and execution of the “Plan Two Ways Out” mantra. The idea behind Plan Two Ways Out is to have two plans for evacuation should the home or structure a person is in start on fire.

Numerous community organizations attended the event, handing out free brochures to adults and children alike. One of the organizations, American Red Cross, even handed out an erasable grid for families to plan their escape route on. In addition, American Red Cross had brochures on how to prepare for a fire evacuation for families with pets, families with disabled persons, and an emergency supply list giving recommended items to include in an emergency supply kit.

The gear of Douglas County Fire District 2 members, from left, Captain Seth Ellis, firefighter Jay O’Connell, firefighter Scott White, and firefighter Josh Barnes. ( Empire Press photo/David Heiling)

Bob Everett and Molly Elliott were on hand from RiverCom, educating young ones on how to effectively call 911 and the difference between the general police line and the emergency line.

It was a great day for families, as adults and children of all ages could dress up into fire gear and don the full suit and helmet our brave firefighters wear on a day-to-day basis. Douglas County Fire District 2 provided free mini-pumper rides and the Wenatchee Wild mascot, Walt, was on hand to oversee the rides.

The Wenatchee Wild had a booth of its own, handing out free schedules and telling interested fans about the different promotion nights littered across the team’s schedule.

Public education activities included fire extinguisher classes, a magic show and home escape plans, among others. A free raffle greeted the attendees on their way into the event, and a face painting station was set up for anyone that wanted to make their face a little more colorful. Everyone who showed up was fed hot dogs, soda, popcorn and even a tasty piece of cake to top it all off.

KWWW was on hand from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. live broadcasting the event and the radio station interviewed firemen about the history of Dalmatians in firehouses, why practicing Plan Two Ways Out is important, all the while spreading information of the event over the airwaves.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week, visit firepreventionweek.org or douglasfire2.org.