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Burn, baby, burn: Marcellus FD celebrates prevention with live demos

Live burns, vehicle extrication demos and Mercy Flight landing in the lawn at the Marcellus Fire Department highlighted the department's open house Friday evening.

The events were held in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week, which came to a close Oct. 11.

Geared toward families, firefighter Brendan Kirkpatrick said the children who were running throughout the firehouse had the opportunity to climb in, out and about the trucks. Many kids were enjoying themselves as they pretended to drive the engines and ring the bells.

Three-year-old Ryan Brady was decked out in his own little plastic fire helmet, a fiery rain slicker and was prepared to put out any fire that may have broken out. His mother, Jennifer, said Ryan likes to put out pretend fires in their yard.

It's all practice for when he is old enough to be a firefighter, because that's what he said he wants to be when he grows up.

Friday was the first time the family had come out for the fire department's open house, Jennifer said.

"It's exciting, it's fun," she said.

Ryan's little brother, Nicholas, 1, was in awe as he looked at the big red fire truck while his father, Shawn, held him in his arms. Nicholas and Ryan wore matching helmets for the event.

Like the Brady family, Nick, Anita and Sam Hayduke were busy by the fire trucks. Sam, 8, had been home sick from school Friday with a temperature over 100 degrees, but he just was not going to miss going to the open house.

"He could not miss tonight," said Nick, his father.

Anita said she remembers bringing Sam to the firehouse when he was little. His excitement toward the trucks and the department hasn't dwindled a bit in all the years he's been attending.

The open house isn't just to let the kids play with the gear and go into a "smoke-filled" room to check out the infrared camera -- it's also to show the community that the volunteers who staff the department are there for all who are in need. Attending the event can also give community members a chance to see what the department is all about and an opportunity to find out how to join.

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