South Lake Tahoe Fire Departments host annual Open House Saturday |

South Lake Tahoe Fire Departments host annual Open House Saturday

Sebastian Foltz
The City of South Lake Tahoe will host their annual fire department open houses Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is an opportunity for children and families to tour houses, meet fire fighters, and take photos.
Sebastian Foltz / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — City fire departments will once again host their annual open house Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of National Fire Prevention week. The event is an opportunity for children and adults alike to get tours of their local departments, meet fire fighters, try on equipment and sit in and take photos of fire engines.

“We’re pretty excited about it,” said South Lake Tahoe fire chief Jeff Meston. “It gets some awareness out there. The focus for us this year is smoke detectors. We’ll be giving out a limited number at each of the stations.”

Meston said that in the U.S. 6,000 people a year die in fires, primarily in single family homes.

“The week is really important to commemorate fire safety awareness,” he said.

Fire Prevent Week was created to commemorate famed Chicago Fire of 1871, which killed an estimated 300 people and caused roughly $200 million in damages.

Each of the three South Lake departments will feature a different activity. One house will demonstrate the threat of wildfire embers starting house fires by burning model homes. Another department will have fire extinguisher practice. The U.S. Forest Service’s Smokey Bear will make an appearance at the third.

“We hope that the community comes out and participates in the Open Houses at the Fire Departments as they did last year,” Tracy Franklin, public information officer for the City of South Lake Tahoe, said.

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