In our weekly countdown we are stop, drop, and rolling over to the firehouse to participate in the 20th annual Open House on Cold Spring Road.
Start the day by taking your place in line for a quick fire truck ride around town. Kids and adults are invited to jump on a truck - with blaring sirens, fasten seat-belts, and go for the only joy ride you will have access to all year long. If the line is long be sure to pass the time with the touch-and-feel platform set up along the stanchions. A firefighter is stationed there to answer any question you have about all the equipment.
In the front of the station you can admire all the equipment on display such as antique trucks, fire rescue vehicles, ATV's, and Gators-used for brush fires and accessing Stillwell Preserve to retrieve injured persons. And make sure to check out the
Head inside to the main apparatus floor for some food and cider as well as some of their fun giveaways for the kids - Ronald McDonald and Sparky the Firedog will be making appearances too. Tables will be set up to learn more about the Red Cross and disaster relief, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, MTA Police and railroad safety, as well as 811, a free service to call before you break ground for any yard projects to prevent hitting underground lines.
For viewing of their yearly firefighting and rescue demos, take a seat on the bleachers at noon for an automobile igniting and at around 1pm watch the mock kitchen go up in flames before your eyes. Naturally, there is a happy ending as these fires are extinguished promptly by our brave volunteers.
Behind the firehouse there is a Smoke House - no you won't find lox or whitefish there but a two-level trailer designed to teach kids about at-home safety while using a smoke simulator.
Kids also get to participate in a hit the fire target with a hose game. As the pressurized water hits the "flame," it turns like a whirlgig. They also get to put out a fire with a hand-held extinguisher.
This special event is not all smoke-and-mirrors, it serves as a way for the volunteer firefighters to demonstrate to the community what steps to take in the event of a fire, disaster, or emergency. So if you have a burning desire to check it out, stop by on Sunday.
Where: 50 Cold Spring Road, Syosset, NY
When: Sunday, Oct. 9 from 12pm until 4pm.
Thinking of becoming a volunteer firefighter? Well, now is your chance to ask all the questions you may have about this worthwhile endeavor.
NY Masonic Grand Lodge will also be conducting their annual Safety Identification Program (a free service to aid in the safe recovery of a lost or missing child). You will come away with a CD with your child's photo and fingerprints including a laminated ID card.