The Natchitoches Fire Department held its 2nd annual open house at the department’s training facility Tuesday, October 8. Sparky the Fire Dog was joined by fellow mascots Gus the Gopher and Rosie the Skunk from Atmos Energy who reminded those present to “Call before you dig” and “Call if you smell gas.” The firefighters of the Natchitoches Fire Department were joined by their fellow members of the fire service from the Louisiana Office of Agriculture and Forestry as well as volunteer firefighters from the parish’s fire districts in teaching children fire safety.
The open house was a family orientated event with grilled hamburgers and hot dogs and games for the children. The youngsters were able to learn what do in case of a fire in their home by crawling through a trailer filled with smoke to an exit. The firefighters laid out an obstacle course for the children that ended with them using an actual fire hose on a target “fire”. A firefighter demonstrated how a fire can go through a home using a model of a house. The highlight of the evening, however, was a demonstration in which a training car was set on fire and extinguished by firefighters in full gear. Several hundred area residents had an opportunity to meet the men and women who make our parish a better, safer place.
The Natchitoches Fire Department’s open house was a terrific way to spend an evening with the family. The children had a terrific time and learned valuable lessons while playing and having fun. The open house was small town life at its best.