The Albany Fire House was filled with happy and excited children and parents on Saturday, October 12 for the annual pancake breakfast and open house. The delicious pancakes, sausage, eggs, coffee and orange juice were probably of more interest to the adults as the children could hardly wait to go out and climb on the fire engines and meet real firemen. However, a surprise guest was on hand to greet many of the young visitors during their breakfast. Smokey the Bear was always ready for handshakes and hugs as well as photo opportunities.
Outside, Fireman Tom demonstrated the proper way to extinguish a fire on the stove both by smothering it and the use of a fire extinguisher. Several of the children were thrilled to have a turn with the extinguisher under his watchful eye.
A representative from PG&E demonstrated electrical wire safety. Karina Tindol and several members of previous CERT classes were available to answer questions about this neighborhood preparedness program.
The proceeds from this event enable Albany firemen to provide scholarships to Camp Champ, a week long residential summer camp for children who are burn survivors. For more information about this camp please see http://www.aarbf.org/Survivor-Services/Champ-Camp.htm
The pancake breakfast is a great conclusion to fire prevention week – see you next year!