Fire stations hold open houses to wrap up Fire Prevention Week

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fire stations all around Maryland and Virginia have been hosting open houses and educational activities to bring a message of fire safety to the communities they serve.

These events are in honor of the end of Fire Prevention Week, an annual week of education on fires and fire safety that takes place from Oct. 9-15.

DC Fire and EMS held an active shooter mass casualty exercise in Anacostia Park, and an exercise called Feel The Heat where city officials and media had a chance to experience what it’s like to fight a real fire.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue had an open house with safety demonstrations, opportunities for kids to spray a fire hose, as well as face painting and moon bounces.

Arlington Fire had demonstrations involving K9 units, demos of how they ladder onto tall buildings, chances for kids to imitate real fire-fighting skills such as cutting open a roof, and hose demos.

Loudoun County, like Fairfax, showed support for breast cancer awareness by wearing pink shirts.

And Montgomery County Fire performed free smoke alarm checks.