Whitman: Open House educates kids on how to leave a smoky building

Monday, the Whitman fire station on Route-27 acted as a children’s playground with all firefighter equipment up for grabs.

“It’s just to let the community see their fire department because they pay for it, it belongs to them, we’re just the workers when it comes right down to it. These are their fire apparatuses and fire station,” says Whitman Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Feeney

Feeney explains the department has held an Open House every year for well over a decade as a meet and greet opportunity with the community but also to educate them about fire safety.

Throughout the day, kids gravitated towards a trailer that was designed to reenact a home filled with smoke. The Deputy Fire Chief says the ‘SAFE’ trailer is meant to teach kids how to leave a building when smoke alarms go off, “There’s liquid smoke, it’s a non-toxic solution that’s more like steam. It’s dispersed throughout the trailer, smoke alarms go off like they’re supposed to, and then kids climb down a ladder at the back of the vehicle.”

A Whitman mother says her young daughter loved the ‘SAFE’ trailer, “This has been her favorite part, can’t get her out of it.”

Kids were also able to take aim at targets using fire hoses and eat lunch inside the Whitman fire house. Despite cloudy weather, the Open House was well-attended by Whitman families.

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.