It was exercise and good times, mixed with a little education Monday night as Fire Station No. 4 opened its doors to public.
Located across from the Los Alamos Golf Course, the open house kicked off a weeklong series of events organized by the Los Alamos Fire Department. Wednesday, the fire department will dedicate a training center of DP Road followed by another open house at the White Rock Fire Station on Thursday.
This is the first time the department had an open house of this kind, where kids had a chance to run an obstacle course, get to learn about what firefighters do, pick up a free coloring book and hang out with Sparky the Fire Dog.
“It’s good to have the residents see the station, see how we live and what we have to offer,” Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes said. “It’s just as much for the adults as it is for the kids. It’s their fire station really, it’s not ours. We just operate it.”
After the last open house on Thursday, the department will evaluate the events.
“We’ll probably follow up, take some notes what we did here and try to add to it,” Hughes said.
Next year, the department may attempt to attract teens to next year’s open house events, perhaps with a career focus.