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Park Rapids Fire Department open house a favorite with kids, big and little

Hannah Becker takes a picture of son Colin, 4, standing on the running board of a fire truck. The lure of red pumpers and tankers was irresistible to kids, who climbed all over the vehicles and posed for pictures. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)1 / 5
Even the fire trucks are spruced up for the open house. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)2 / 5
Emily Knapp gets instructions from firefighter Kris Holmen about how to adjust the water volume and spray of the fire hose. "Every year we come it's fun for the kids," father Brad Knapp said. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)3 / 5
Jordyn Hanisch got a boost into the helicopter from dad Logan. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)4 / 5
Emma Mayer tried to slip her Smokey Bear frisbee over her head to wear as an accessory. Emma and dad Quade Mayer of Menahga attended the Park Rapids Fire Department's open house Saturday.5 / 5

Saturday was a perfect day for the Park Rapids Fire Department to shine up the trucks, pull them out of the garage, and invite the neighborhood in for hot dogs and brats. Firefighters demonstrated public safety measures, blew up air bags to show what happens during a car accident, and passed out freebies and frisbees. North Memorial Ambulance sent a helicopter. Kids toured the trucks, rescue vehicles and got to meet Smokey Bear.