Fire Station Open House
The Holly Springs Fire Department holds an annual Fire Station Open House each October. They invite residents to tour the firehouse and learn about the fire department.
There’s a bunch of activities for kids as well, ranging from using a fire hose, sitting in the fire trucks, putting out a small fire with an extinguisher and, of course, meeting Cinder, the firedog.
We spent an hour or so up there and had a really nice time — Brian especially had a blast sitting in the fire trucks.
He also learned what it was like to use the fire hose to put out a fire. I wish I had video of how abruptly he turned on the hose. It was pretty spectacular.
The community outreach of our local fire department seems more pronounced than in Jacksonville, though in all fairness, this is a small town and their presence is much more detectable. I’ve had a number of interactions with members of the Holly Springs Fire Department and they’ve all been super positive. They’re very engaging with our son and I can’t count how many times they’ve encouraged me to just drop by the station for a visit with him. Oddly, given my background in law enforcement, I’ve had virtually no contact with our local police department, though I think they have similar community interactions.