RANCHO CUCAMONGA-- Hundreds of families came out Saturday to attend the annual Rancho Cucamonga Fire Department Open House at Jersey Station.

Children and their parents were able to take tours of the station, inspect fire trucks up close, put on firefighter gear, and play on the back of a red fire truck. The event was an occasion for the department to share important safety and fire prevention tips with the public.

The Jersey Station, a large facility, with an outdoor training center, is located on the corner of Milliken and Jersey boulevards. Firefighters were able to simulate a live structure fire, vehicle fires and demonstrate the Jaws of Life for residents. Visitors also had fun learning CPR and handling a fire hose.

Lenin Gaona, 4, takes a fire hose lesson from Rancho Cucamonga Fire Department volunteer Ryan Bassett at the fire department’s Jersey Station Open
Lenin Gaona, 4, takes a fire hose lesson from Rancho Cucamonga Fire Department volunteer Ryan Bassett at the fire department's Jersey Station Open House event as part of fire prevention week. (Photo by Neil Nisperos, Staff)

The open house was held in honor of fire prevention week, said Kelley Donaldson, spokesperson for the fire department.

"This year's theme is 'have two ways out,' which encourages families to plan their home escape plan in case of a fire," Donaldson said. "We're trying to educate the public on how to do that and the fact that they need to do that, and we have several other exhibitors here as a well to promote other safety information."

Donaldson said about 2,000 visitors come to the open house every year.

Suzie Broy, of Rancho Cucamonga, came to the event with her son Michael, who was wearing a red fire helmet.

"We got to see how they save lives when the houses are burning, which seems like a hard job, more hard than we could imagine, so I am very proud of the firemen," Suzie Broy said.

Michael, 7, said he wants to be a firefighter when he grows up.

"When the house is on fire, you have to lay low and go out," he said.

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