AUBURN, Mass. – If you want to see the “Jaws of Life” in action and other exciting demonstrations, then head to the Auburn Fire Department’s annual fire prevention open house on Oct. 13.
This year’s open house, from noon to 4 p.m., will be slightly different than past ones because it won’t be held at Fire Headquarters on Auburn Street. It will be at the department’s training facility at 7 West St.
In addition to children and adults participating in various activities, including a tour of the Fire District’s smoke house, learning the proper use of a fire extinguisher and other equipment demonstrations, firefighters will be showing some of the additions to the facility.
Firefighters will also hold other demonstrations, including vehicle extrication using the “Jaws of Life” and demonstrations of some of the special-operations teams, such as the Technical Rescue and Dive Team.
Capt. Glenn Johnson, who heads the department’s fire prevention programs, is looking forward to the event being a huge success.
“The kids always have a great time every year,” Johnson said. “We try to make learning these important lessons fun for them, and they really enjoy themselves. It also gives people an opportunity to see us in non-emergency situations.”
The open house is sponsored through a state grant for fire education. In addition, both Papa Gino’s Pizza and the Auburn Permanent Firefighters Local 4157 donate the food and refreshments for the event each year.
Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 7 to 13, and members of the Auburn Fire Department will spend the week in the schools teaching children the importance of fire safety in the home. The students will learn important skills, such as stop, drop and roll, and how to plan an escape route from their home.
Here is the fire department’s schedule in the schools, which goes beyond Oct. 13:
Oct. 9: Pakachoag School – 8:35-11:45 a.m.
Oct. 10: Bryn Mawr School – 9-11:45 a.m.
Oct. 15: J.B. School – 8:35-11:45 a.m.
Oct. 17: Tom Thumb Preschool – 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Oct. 18: Tom Thumb Preschool – 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Oct. 22: Pakachoag School 3rd Grade – 8:35-11:45 a.m.
Oct. 29: Pakachoag School 4th Grade – 8:35-11:45 a.m.
Oct. 30: J.B. School 3rd and 4th Grade – 8:35 a.m.-2:55 p.m.