Rescue Hose to open doors Saturday

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

“Come out and enjoy the day,” says Keith Mowen of the Greencastle Rescue Hose Company Open House. To kick off Fire Prevention Week Oct. 3 to 9, the local fire department is opening its doors Saturday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and welcomes all area residents. The station is located at 842 S. Washington St.

A myriad of activities and programs will be offered to children and adults. Mowen, a volunteer firefighter and co-chair of the Public Education Committee, hopes information gleaned at the event will ensure safety if anyone has a fire at home.

“We want the general public to get basic fire prevention knowledge,” he said. “This year it’s all about smoke alarms.”

RHC will sponsor demonstrations and provide pamphlets stressing the necessity and value of working smoke detectors, how to safely evacuate as a result of rehearsing E.D.I.T.H. (exit drills in the home) and how to prevent many fires in the first place.

The Franklin Fire Company will have its fire safety trailer on site. Visitors can stand inside and experience a room filling with smoke. Firefighters will be on hand to share information and answer questions, including when to call 9-1-1.

The Greencastle Police Department will have certified staff available to inspect child carseats for correct installation, and to compare against any recalls.

The big vehicles necessary for emergency services will also be out for inspections. People may ride a fire truck, talk to the pilot of a Life Net helicopter at 10:30 a.m., check out the ambulances and also walk through the station. The fire company museum will be open, and Mowen encouraged people to stop in.

“It shows what it used to be like to be a firefighter,” he said. “We’re really proud of that museum.”

Rony, the canine police dog, will appear at 1 p.m. A moon bounce will be set up for kids and a balloon artist will entertain. Refreshments will also be served.

Mowen saw the open house as a way to give back to the community while providing important information. “Without their contributions and support, a lot of this wouldn’t be possible.”