Fire Service Day returns
SCV residents tour local fire stations for annual L.A. County event
As firefighters Bryce Cunningham and Andrew Hanner were giving a tour of Fire Station 73 in Newhall, an alarm sounded, accompanied by a dispatcher announcing a medical emergency.
The fire truck that Stacie House was just letting her daughter, Milana, play on was quickly boarded by firefighters and driven away to respond to the call. Duty never stops for the firefighters of the Santa Clarita Valley, even in the middle of a tour on Fire Service Day.
Saturday’s Fire Service Day allowed the public to visit and tour any fire station in the SCV, which was the first time they were able to so since the pandemic.
Hanner said having the community back and being able to come check out the station is an important part of community relations for them.
“You know, without the community we wouldn’t be here,” said Hanner. “So of course, it’s our way to show thank you and let them get an inside look of, like, what happens around here.”
Besides just seeing the equipment, the station, and what responding to a call looks like, Hanner said it’s also important for the community to get to know the firefighters themselves.
“It’s important because I mean, we’re the ones that are responding to their houses or wherever they’re at when they need us,” said Hanner. “It’s just a way for them to get to know their local firefighters and just get comfortable with coming in,
³ It opens up the services that everybody pays for. So we can see kind of what they do day to day and get to experience and [witness] all the stuff that they do for the community...” Josh Levine, SCV resident
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