After the rain on Saturday caused coordinators to postpone Austin Fire Department’s second annual Fire Prevention Day, Sunday’s sunshine was filled with the laughter of children who enjoyed the festivities at the Austin Ball Park. Although they were unable to have live music as anticipated, the impromptu sound system served the festival well and most participants enjoyed the bouncy houses too much to notice.
According to Capt. Nick Tharpe and Claudia Vanhoy of the Austin Fire Department, the agility test was very popular. “We had 300 to 400 people throughout the day,” estimated Vanhoy, who is looking forward to next year’s event.
“The Austin Fire Department would like to thank all the vendors and sponsors, especially the Austin Ball Park who opened the concession stand and let us use the park,” said Tharpe.
In addition to Austin, which hosted the event, several local fire departments were represented including Pleasant Hill, Traphill, Shepherd’s Crossing and State Road as well as the Wilkes County Fire Association with its Children’s Fire Safety House, which was a favorite activity.
Sabina Vega particularly liked the Safety House where she said she learned, “if there’s a fire, get out of the house and call the fire department.”
Also impressed with the Safety House, Sabastian Boucher noted, “There was a fire in the kitchen. (You should) call 911 and put out the fire.”
His mother, Jessica Bean, said, “The firefighters were very educational and fun at the same time,” which she thinks helped the children learn about fire safety.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.