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Western Washington County fire stations will open to public Saturday for Fire Prevention Week

Firefighters in western Washington County will be busy Saturday, Oct. 14, not only answering emergency calls but also engaging with the public as national Fire Prevention Week draws to a close.

The theme for 2017 Fire Prevention Week is "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!" Dates for the observance are Oct. 8-14, and several local fire stations are planning open houses.

Gaston Rural Fire District will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Area residents are invited to stop by the fire station, 102 E. Main St., for fire engine rides. Kids can squirt water from a real fire hose, and attendees can meet volunteer and fulltime firefighters.

Forest Grove Fire & Rescue plans to host its annual Fire Station Open House and Public Service Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. "This is your chance to talk to firefighters, police officers, as well as other city staff, and get your questions answered," read a post on FGF&R's Facebook page. "We will of course have fire engine rides and more, with things to do and see for all ages."

The Forest Grove fire station is located at 1919 Ash St.

In Cornelius, families are invited to the fire department's annual Fire Station Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to "take the kids on a fire engine ride, meet your firefighters and get loads of safety information ahead of the fall and winter seasons," according to an event on the Cornelius Fire Department Facebook page.

Banks Fire District, 13430 N.W. Main St., will offer engine rides, station tours, blood pressure checks, coloring sheets, and items for children (fire hats, bubbles, stickers and Dalmatian masks) during its open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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