A fun-filled fire department open house

A fun-filled fire department open house

Members of the Williamsburg Fire Department offered an inside look at their facilities and operations with a public open house Saturday. It capped off the nationwide Fire Prevention Week, offering a way to convey safety tips and build a relationship with the public.

“It creates an atmosphere where we’re able to engage the community,” said Deputy Fire Chief Larry Snyder. “They’re the ones who pay for all this.”

The fire department used to host annual open houses years back, and after a hiatus, the concept returned in 2014.

Guests had the opportunity to explore fire trucks, put out small test fires and tour the station. Vendors like Riverside Doctors’ Hospital and...