Philomath Fire & Rescue will open up Station 201 to the public Saturday with its annual open house.
The community is invited to come down between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., to the fire station to meet local emergency responders and regional partners.
The annual open house coincides with the national Fire Prevention Week, which runs Oct. 7-13.
“It brings awareness to fire prevention first and foremost,” Philomath Fire & Rescue Fire Chief Tom Miller said. “But it also gives us an opportunity for the community to see what we do and how we do it and it gives them a chance to see our new equipment that we recently got, plus it’s a lot of fun.”
One of the most popular of those fun events is rides on the fire engine. There will also be “mini helicopter” rides, photos on Old No. 1 and the junior firefighter course.
“It’s something we enjoy doing and we feel like it’s the one thing each year that we can open up our doors for and let everybody see what the fire department does, why we do it and where we live,” Miller said.
Several vendors signed up to participate at the open house, which will be held inside the fire station if the weather doesn’t cooperate.
“It’s getting bigger and bigger every year,” Miller said. “We always try to plan for indoors because you never know what the weather’s going to be like. But we’ll fill up the bay with tables and we’ll have local businesses and ODF (Oregon Department of Forestry), the city comes over, there’s a lot of people involved.”