LITTLE ELM — Little Elm residents have made the annual Fire Department Open House one of the Town’s most appreciated events, quickly becoming a favorite among residents. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


“We certainly appreciate the enthusiasm of our visitors on Open House day,” says Fire Chief Brian Roach. “But, the enthusiasm of the firefighters, paramedics, drivers, and administrative personnel easily match it. We simply love having Town residents come by and spend the day with us.”


While the Little Elm Fire Department currently has two stations and is close to opening a third, the Open House takes place at the Central Fire Station, located in the Municipal Complex, 88 West Eldorado Parkway. Parking is available in the lots surrounding Town Hall and the Public Library. Hot dogs and drinks will be served to visitors while supplies last.


In addition to self-guided tours of the fire house, Little Elm firefighters and paramedics will be available to act as tour guides, answering questions and demonstrating procedures. Firefighting apparatus will be prominently displayed and operators will be on hand to provide details on the proper techniques for their use.


Bounce houses, face painters, balloon artist and health and safety exhibits from area hospitals will all add to the day’s activities. There is no charge for the event and families are encouraged to attend together as there will be activities as well as educational and informational exhibits of interest to all ages.


In addition, the Carter Blood Center will be on hand to accept blood donations. Donors can schedule their blood draw by visiting the following link: https://ww2.greatpartners.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/78345.


“During our annual Open House, the entire department gets involved in some way or another,” he said. “The pleasure we get out of hosting residents and answering their questions is very much in evidence on the faces of the department’s men and women. Plus, we get a chance to share critical information that might save a life.”


A full list of activities and the confirmed medical facilities planning on either presenting or participating can be found at www.littleelm.org/fireoh.