By Lindy Keyser

Special to the Press

The Prosper Fire Department kicked off Fire Prevention Week with its annual open house on Saturday, drawing many members of the community in spite of rain and cooler temps.

"It’s inside so it’s perfect for a rainy day," said Sara Hennig. "Our son wanted to see a fire truck up close and we were happy for the opportunity to see the station and meet some of the firefighters."

In addition to a meet-and-greet with the staff, Prosper families live demonstrations and tours of the station. There was a fire truck on display as well as a fire-truck themed bounce house and a cotton candy machine for the kids.

"My son, Nate, is 18 months old and he loves fire trucks," said Amy Green. "We were excited to bring him to see one in person and when he got to meet a real firefighter, he was so excited."

Nate was one of several children who attended the event and while there were games, treats and prizes, meeting members of the department was the highlight of his day.

"It’s humbling," Graham said. "We do what we do because we love it and it makes it that much better to have these kids here who look up to us. Teaching them to be safe and watching them have a good time, that’s what this job is all about."

For the PFD, Fire Prevention Week is actually expected to last throughout the month of October.

"This is just the start," Graham said. "We wanted to get the community involved today by bringing them out to see the fire station and meet the guys. Next we’ll go out into the schools and churches to do our fire prevention presentations."

The Prosper Fire Department will make their fire prevention presentations at the following times and locations throughout the month of October:

Oct. 15, 9:30 a.m. at Methodist Church

Oct. 17, 9:30 a.m. at Prestonwood Church

Oct. 22, 10:55 a.m. at Cockrell Elementary

Oct. 23, 9:30 a.m. at Rucker Elementary

Oct. 24, 9:30 a.m. at Rucker Elementary