Owen Estacio didn’t think twice before running into the smoking structure to save a fire victim.
Time was ticking and he needed to get in and out as quick as he could to finish the job.
Decked out in protective gear and with firefighters yelling words of encouragement, he dove into the smoke and, emerging from the other side carrying the victim, raced to the finish line as his mom cheered him on.
Estacio was one of many kids who completed the obstacle course at the Pitt Meadows firehall that was set up as part of their open house to kick off Fire Prevention Week.
The “victim” was a teddy bear and the smoking structure was an overturned box draped with a tarp and a smoke machine inside.
Both the Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows firehalls saw a number of families come out this past Saturday to learn about fire safety, watch demonstrations and partake in a host of activities.
Ashley Cooper, who came to the Pitt Meadows fire hall with her three-year old son Bentley, said her son loves fire trucks and wants to be a firefighter when he grows up.
The toddler himself was too busy to talk, as he was in the middle of getting his face painted by volunteer high school students.
Jillian Laidlow, who attended the Maple Ridge open house with her daughters Isabelle and Madelyn, said she was glad she and her family was able to attend this year.
“Usually they have this on a different weekend and we’re away in the States,” she said. “It was nice that this year lined up with our schedule and we were all able to come.”
Both firehalls saw a steady stream of people throughout the day and firefighters we all on hand to answer questions and interact with the public.
The theme of this year is “Prevent Kitchen Fires” and firefighters will be making visits to schools throughout the district to speak with students and educate them on fire safety over the course of this week.
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