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Firefighter Clint Foehner shows Sparky the Fire Dog how to handle a fire hose at last year’s open house at Fire Station No. 5 in San Marcos. CITY OF SAN MARCOS PHOTO

Firefighter Clint Foehner shows Sparky the Fire Dog how to handle a fire hose at last year’s open house at Fire Station No. 5 in San Marcos. CITY OF SAN MARCOS PHOTO

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The San Marcos Fire Department will host its third annual Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at Fire Station No. 5, 100 Carlson Circle, to kick off Fire Prevention Month.

“Fire prevention education is one of the most important things we can provide as firefighters,” San Marcos Fire Chief Les Stephens said. “We’re inviting children and their parents to the fire station so they can have a good time and take home lessons that can save lives.”

Residents of all ages are invited to attend the free event to enjoy clown shows, safety house demonstrations, fire engine rides, a rescue helicopter landing, and a vehicle rescue demonstration. Hotdogs, chips, fire hats, and fire prevention information will be available.

Child identification services will also be available for interested parents. A digital picture and thumbprint along with height, weight, description, allergies, the child’s name and parent contact information will be collected and printed on cards for the parents to carry. The cards can be shown to police and provide vital information if the child is lost.

During Fire Prevention Month in October, firefighters and marshals will visit schools, businesses, apartments and civic organizations to share fire prevention and safety information.

For more information, call the San Marcos Fire Department at 512-805-2660. To learn about Fire Prevention Month, visit the website here.

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