Open house

Paramedic Hunter Smith, with the Copperas Cove Fire Department, guides Kerri Rogers on how to spray a fire hose Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, during an open house at the fire department.

Many employees of the Copperas Cove Fire Department were in action Saturday morning. Several fire trucks and ambulances rolled out, and a fire hose unleashed torrents of water.

There just wasn’t a fire.

CCFD hosted an open house Saturday, in which employees of the department greeted several who explored the fire station.

Several dozen who came from 9 a.m. to noon got a hands-on experience with fire department gear. Kids got to hop into the fire engines and various EMS vehicles.

Particularly eager children also got a chance to spray the hose.

“We’ve had a few kids spray other kids accidentally,” said Hunter Smith, a paramedic who has been with the department for about six years.

Smith said the goal of the event was to give the community a firsthand look at what all goes into ensuring fire safety for the more than 32,000 residents of the city.

One of those residents, Kendra Rodgers, took her daughter, Kerri, along with her to the fire department.

“We’re out here to learn more about fire safety,” Rodgers said, as her daughter sprayed the hose at a target fashioned like a house on fire.

mpayne@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7553

Herald staff writer

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