MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The Mahopac Fire Department held its annual open house last Sunday, Oct. 30. The warm and sunny weather brought people to fire headquarters on Route 6 by the score.

Mahopac fire equipment ringed the property and the New York State Police brought in the rollover simulator. Also on hand was Wiltse the bloodhound and Trooper Fran Torhand, the K-9 handler. Carmel Police Officer Brian Shay was there to help parents with the installation of infant and child car seats and to stress how important it is for the child’s safety.

Mohegan Fire Department brought up its fire safety house, something many school children have gone through. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department was on hand with its Lake Patrol and K-9 unit along with handler Deputy Dalo with Dunkin.

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The Chapter of the American Red Cross was there explaining its role in the event of emergency by providing aid and support to victims of fire and natural disaster. The Mahopac Falls FD Dive Team, the only dive team in Putnam County, was there explaining its role in countywide response to all water-related emergencies, search and recovery.

The driving force and main attraction of today were the members of the Mahopac Fire Department. All chiefs were present, as were the commissioners and the members—the ones who man the ambulances, fire trucks and all the specialized vehicles (fire police van for traffic control and Gator, the off-road vehicle instrumental in searches).