MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Fire Department opened their doors - some on their building and some on their trucks - to the public so that residents could see what the department does on a daily basis. The open house was held on Saturday, October 12.
The day included demonstrations of the hydraulic rescue tool the Jaws of Life and a simulation of a house fire where cutting through the roof is a necessity. Fire fighters' equipment, gear, and clothing were on display for people to touch and try on. "It's so heavy!" said one mom upon donning a fireproof jacket.
Captain Keith Addie said the day is for the community residents. "A lot of people don't understand what we do and the services we provide. Having a day like this is an opportunity to showcase what we do."