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Vienna Station to Host Open House

Volunteer station joins county, nation in celebrating Fire Prevention Week

Fairfax County stations will host open houses this weekend, part of a nationwide effort to promote Fire Prevention Week.

The Vienna Volunteer Fire Department will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, promoting this year's theme of "Have Two Ways Out!", which encourages families to have two escape plans in case of fire.

Each station will have displays and activities to promote fire safety. The Vienna station will have live fire demonstrations and a child fingerprinting station. The firefighters will also give gear demonstrations every hour. The new canteen, bike team trailer and all the regular equipment will be out for display, said John Morrison, Fire Chief at the Vienna station.  

Last year, the Vienna station won "Best Open House" in the second battalion. 

"We strive each year to have an open house that is entertaining, but most importantly educational," Morrison said last year. 

Each year, about two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working alarms, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Nearly 3,000 people die in home fires each year.

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R. October 10, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I will always be grateful to the wonderful firefighters at the Vienna station. Many years ago when my son was a toddler, he was absolutely fascinated with firetrucks. We attended the great open house at the station, but in February when he turned three, I went by the station and asked if they could possibly come to a firefighter themed birthday party for my son, who was turning three. The kids all had fire hats and several firefighters brought a truck at the appointed hour (which stayed in the street since it was on call) and the kids got to sit in the driver's seat. The wonderful guys lined all the kids up sitting on the driveway and taught them all about "stop, drop. and roll". A couple of them dressed in the gear they would wear in case of a real fire, to show the kids not to be afraid of them were they to be rescued. We will never forget that wonderful gesture of kindness on the Fire Department's part and also the valuable lessons they taught several kids that day. Many thanks to them for all the great things they did that day -- and every day of the year!

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