WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – West Springfield Fire Department hosted an open house Sunday morning and welcomed community members to learn more about fire prevention and other safety tips at the start of Fire Prevention Week.

According to the West Springfield Fire Department, they will be giving tours, and an auto extraction demonstration using the jaws of life along with other hydraulic tools.

“We’re out here, we’ve invited the community to come and see what we do.Maybe check out some of the trucks or tools and just kind of interact with the community,” said Lt. Tony Spear of the West Springfield Fire Department.

Several parents brought their children to look at firefighter equipment…a demonstration of a vehicle extrication…and even try their hand at spraying a firehose!
West Springfield father Russell O’Neill told 22News it’s important to him that his sons know about fire safety, “not playing with fire, stop drop and roll, knowing that firemen are our friends and not to be scared when we see them.”

“I love firetrucks,” said his son Jax, sharing his appreciation for Dad taking him to the fire department.

while seeing the firetrucks was certainly a favorite among the kids, this event invited the community at large, with adults included too, to learn more about fire prevention and fire safety tips during this fire prevention month.

“Pretty much all year long, we’re harping on making sure that you have working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. They are very important this time of year as we start to kick on those heating systems again, so we always try to remind people to check or replace those detectors if they’re old, outdated, or not working,” added Lt. Tony Spear.

There was also free blood pressure checks, fire prevention, educational displays and light refreshments. The event was held at 44 Van Deene Avenue in West Springfield from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.