Western Massachusetts Fire Departments hold open house

Hampden County

AGAWAM, Mass (WWLP) – Amid Fire Prevention Week, Agawam and West Springfield Fire Departments hosted an educational open house for community members. 

It’s not every day that people get to sit behind a nineteen-ton emergency vehicle like this and residents were taking it all in.  

Despite the weather, residents of all ages gathered at the Agawam Fire Department Saturday morning.

Fire Chief Alan Siroios told 22News “A big part of the open house is making sure that we pass on fire safety education for children and adults, so they can take that information home and apply it to their daily lives, so they can stay safe.” 

Community members received an up-close tour of the station. And they even had a chance to touch life-saving equipment.

Agawam father of two, David Cilley said: “I want them to know that these are real people, who are out there risking their lives for us and for them.” 

And future firefighters, from the Junior Firefighter Program, were also on hand to assist. 22News met  17-year-old high school senior, Jake Parent, who’s on track to become a 4th generation firefighter.

“My great grandpa was the first Fire Chief in Agawam, so its important for me to continue the tradition of being a firefighter,” said Parent. 

This rainy Saturday wouldn’t be complete without a chili cook-off between firefighters. One lucky Fire Fighter will win bragging rights for the Best Firehouse Chilli. And we must say, they were all packed with tons of flavor. 

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