By Mason W. Canales
The Cove Herald
Ryan and Veronica Wall, aka Captain America and Supergirl, stood inside a Copperas Cove ambulance on Halloween, taking in the life-saving equipment on board the vehicle.
Copperas Cove Firefighter paramedic Cody Scaff gave the brother and sister a brief tour of the mobile medical unit as other costume-clad trick-or-treaters, including a few superheroes, followed and got a chance to meet some real-life heroes.
"I liked it, and they loved it," said Toni Tauriainen, mother of Adalyn, 3, and Aleena Collingwood, 2, as the family walked out of the Copperas Cove main fire station. "I think events like this are good for the community."
The Copperas Cove Fire Department held its annual open house in conjunction with the holiday Monday and labeled the event Trucks and Treats.
The event was a chance for residents and their children to learn about fire safety prevention and life safety tips while having a fun and safe event for trick-or-treating, said Deputy Fire Chief Gary Young in a pervious article.
The department handed out bags with various safety information and Fire Marshal and Fire Prevention Deputy Chief Bob Martin gave a small lecture before letting children explore fire trucks and ambulances and snag candy and drinks.
"What are you going to do in an emergency?" Martin asked Taeler Greenleaf, 8, who dressed as a cat.
"Call 911," she said.
"What do you do if your clothes are on fire?"
"Stop, drop and roll," she replied.
Martin questioned several groups of the children before they moved throughout the fire station. By 7 p.m., more than 250 visitors had walked through the open house with an hour left to receive guests.
"I think tonight is definitely a bigger success (than previous years) with it being on Halloween night," said Mike Baker, Copperas Cove's fire chief. "I think they are getting our message about fire prevention and fire safety."
The event met the fire department's goal of providing education and a safe place for children to trick-or-treat, said Baker.
If Martin's quizzes or meeting the firefighters on the trucks and ambulances weren't enough for children, they also got to meet Sparky the Fire Dog and Freddy the Fire Truck.
Many families enjoyed the event, including Marco Palacio and his daughter, Alyssa, 1. He attended the event with his daughter, his niece, Audrina Chinchilla, 2, and his sister. While the girls were young, he said they really enjoyed looking at the fire trucks.
"I think it is really nice," said Palacio. "It is just a great experience to bring the kids to."
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