Porter Fire Department holds Safety Fest

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Porter Fire Chief Carter Johnson, Firefighter Abraham Arroyo, Firefighter Darius Watkins, "Sparky" is Lewis Avila, Fire Department Office Manager Jessica Black, and Lieutenant John Fisher greeted community residents at the Porter Fire Safety Fest.

Porter Fire Department holds Safety Fest in the month of October, which is National Fire Prevention Safety Month. The Safety Fest was held on Oct. 26 at their fire station, located at 23550 Loop 494 in Porter.

“We like to have a big open house at the fire station,” Porter Fire Chief Carter Johnson said. “The local elementary schools participate in a poster contest, and the winner of the poster contest gets a free ride in a fire truck to school in the morning. The elementary school kids really enjoy it, that the first place winner gets picked up in a fire truck and gets brought to school.”

Johnson said they like to have Porter residents come out and see the fire station.

“This is the taxpayers’ building, and we want them to be able to come in and see it, see where their money is going,” he said.

The open house included fire trucks, some apparatus and a big bounce house for the kids.

Johnson said with it being Fire Prevention Safety Month, it’s very important to make sure Porter residents and everyone all over the County have working smoke detectors in their homes.

“One thing that’s great about Montgomery County is that any fire station in Montgomery County, if you don’t have a working smoke detector, [you can] go by any fire station and not only will they give it to you, they will come and install it also,” the Chief said.

Sarah Brady brought her kids to the open house. Brady said it was important to bring her kids to the event.

“So that they can see fire safety and the different components of it,” Brady said.

Porter Fire Lieutenant Wayne Lawless shows Makayla Brady how to use a firehose to put out a fire.

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