Annual open house draws nearly 1,000 to fire station

by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: JOHN SCHRAG - Lt. Will Murphy, FGF&Rs EMS officer, offers guidance to 9-year-old Carmyn Russell, as she inserts a tube into a dummy used for emergency medical training.  Russel, a third grader at Harvey Clarke Elementary School, has a strong interest in medicine, according to her mom, Jamie Russell, who said her daughter used her allowance money to buy a Forest Grove Fire & Rescue sweatshirt on Saturday.Forest Grove’s police and fire departments opened their doors to the public Saturday, Oct. 12, and the public responded, with nearly 1,000 people stopping by for demonstrations, tours, rides and even an obstacle course for youth.

Children also got to explore or even ride in big, cool vehicles, such as fire engines and police patrol NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: JOHN SCHRAG - Seven-year-old Eamon Anderson of Forest Grove trains his extinguisher on a fire with some help from Ben Cheek, a new volunteer with FGF&R, while his 5-year-old brother, Ezra, looks on. It was pretty easy, said Ezra, who came to the open house with his grandparents, Randy and Rita Lapp. You just squeeze the lever and the guy helps you aim.

Even the Public Works Department got involved, bringing over a bulldozer for children to climb on. And the Forest Grove Light & Power gave rides in its lift bucket.

by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: JOHN SCHRAG - Stephen Prichard, a Forest Grove Fire & Rescue volunteer firefighter at the Gales Creek station, visited the Forest Grove site Saturday to help with the public safety open house. He manned the room where FGF&R keeps its 1906 pumper and helped children climb up and down from the antique emergency vehicles seat.

by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: JOHN SCHRAG - FGF&R volunteer Max Randall gives a boost to 4-year-old Kyler Holton of Cornelius Saturday. The department had two rigs running to give youngsters rides around the block.

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