"Both of my boys either want to be a police officer or a fireman," said Rebecca Haider as she and her two sons explored the Alexandria fire hall, "This day is perfect for them!"

Deputy Aimee Sebesta gives sticker badges to Griffin, 3, and Ezra Haider, 5, with their mom Rebecca. Thalen Zimmerman / Alexandria Echo Press
Deputy Aimee Sebesta gives sticker badges to Griffin, 3, and Ezra Haider, 5, with their mom Rebecca. Thalen Zimmerman / Alexandria Echo Press

The Alexandria Fire Department's Fire Prevention Open House took place Monday, Oct. 4.

The event presented insight from police officers and sheriff deputies, firefighters and EMTs and paramedics, as well as activities for kids to interact with, from a bouncy house to a simulated escape from a burning building and an opportunity to spray the water hose at a mock-up burning house.

From left, Easton, 11, and Braden Cox, 13, get the rundown of an ambulance from the inside by North Memorial EMT, Bill Thoennes, a retiree of the Alexandria Fire Department.
From left, Easton, 11, and Braden Cox, 13, get the rundown of an ambulance from the inside by North Memorial EMT, Bill Thoennes, a retiree of the Alexandria Fire Department.

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Firetrucks, an ambulance and two law enforcement squad cars were on display for attendees to take a peek inside and learn how everything operates — followed by a visit from the LifeLink III helicopter, which landed on Fillmore Street in front of the fire hall. Attendees were able to take a peek inside the helicopter and ask the pilots questions.

Ezra Klaetsch, 3, fires the water hose with the help of Alexandria Firefighter Taylor Hayes. Thalen Zimmerman / Alexandria Echo Press
Ezra Klaetsch, 3, fires the water hose with the help of Alexandria Firefighter Taylor Hayes. Thalen Zimmerman / Alexandria Echo Press

Participants also had the chance to win tickets to the Alexandria Blizzard home-opener while meeting two Blizzard hockey players and the Eddie the Yeti mascot.

Ethan Marten, 5, is assisted by his dad to escape a mock house fire. Thalen Zimmerman / Alexandria Echo Press
Ethan Marten, 5, is assisted by his dad to escape a mock house fire. Thalen Zimmerman / Alexandria Echo Press

The open house served the attendees hotdogs, cookies and lemonade, and ran from 5 to 7 p.m.