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From STAFF REPORTS

5:10 am | May 15, 2017


Over 600 people came to see Pasadena firefighters and rescue personnel in action during the National Fire Service Day event at Pasadena Fire Station 33 Saturday, May 13.

Guests saw several demonstrations on what equipment firefighters use and how they respond to different kinds of fire scenarios during the Fire Department open house at 515 N. Lake Avenue.

The event was simultaneous with the Pasadena Police Department’s First Annual Open House at its headquarters at 207 N. Garfield Avenue, which also drew a big crowd of residents as they mingled with police officers and saw demonstrations of police equipment, including a helicopter fly-in, and lectures on crime prevention.

At Fire Station 33, visitors saw members of the Urban Search and Rescue team as they rappelled down a makeshift building during a structure fire scenario demonstrations. Residents were also taught the proper use of fire extinguishers and other home safety equipment.

All other Pasadena fire stations were also open as firefighters greeted residents and displayed their firefighting equipment.

“We have a great turnout of people from all over the City of Pasadena and they’re here to have a lot of good fun with us, including a blow-up slide and a jumping house as well as learning how they can keep themselves and their families and their neighbors safe,” Pasadena Fire Chief Bertral Washington said as he greeted visitors at Fire Station 33. “Thank you all for coming out.”

Pasadena Fire Department Spokesperson Lisa Derderian said the event was their opportunity to invite the public into their “home” and to showcase equipment, tools, response capabilities and safety messages.

“Most importantly, we got to spend time communicating with the public we serve on a casual basis and not during an emergency,” Derderian said.