The winds were brisk Oct. 9, but so was the influx of visitors to Enon Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Open House event.
The tempting smell of grilled hot dogs and freshly popped corn filled the air. Toe tapping songs could be heard from the fire station bay as Bustin’ Loose played a wide variety of songs, such as Margaritaville, Footloose, and Rocky Top. People could be seen dancing as the band played on.
Youngsters who dreamed of one day being a firefighter or driving a fire truck had the chance to explore fire engines, a tanker, a fire boat from Enon Station 6, and an ambulance and fire engine from River’s Bend Station 18.
Inside the bay were fire hats for the kids, coloring books, and lots of pamphlets with fire safety tips.
Outside the station was the county’s Fire and Life Safety Trailer. Children and adults had the opportunity to go through and receive instructions on how to escape a fire in their homes. The trailer was then filled with “safe” smoke, and the children and adults practiced getting out while firefighters offered guidance and watched closely as they performed the escapes they had just learned.
Interaction between firefighters and children is beneficial so in the event of a fire, the children will feel comfortable going to the firefighters and won’t run and hide.
Enon Volunteer Fire Station’s next big event will be a Brunswick Stew sale Nov. 12. The stew is made fresh right at the station. The sale is from 9 a.m. until noon or until the stew is gone. The price is $8 per quart, and it must be picked up before 11 a.m. To pre-order, call 530-1387 and leave a message with your name, number of quarts, and contact number.