UNION, NJ – Visitors to the Union Fire Department’s 3rd Annual Open House on Saturday had an opportunity to see up close some equipment and techniques firefighters use on a daily basis.

“We wanted to bring the community into the fire house to show the inner workings of the department and the men and women who serve,” said Union Fire Chief Mike Scanio.  “Plus, there’s lots of fun stuff for the kids.  This event becomes more and more popular each year.  It’s a real community event, and we’re happy to put it on.”

Firefighters demonstrated a vehicle extrication (jaws of life) and kids had a chance to try some firefighter maneuvers such dragging a hose, carrying a ladder, and crawling through tunnels.  Union police officers demonstrated use of their new drones.

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Visitors saw the department’s Special Operations team’s equipment.  “This is a team of 25 firefighters,” said Scanio.  “They train on technical rescue, swift water rescue and use specialized equipment.  We are very proud of this division within the department.”

“This open house gives our residents a chance to see a lot of the equipment that our firefighters use every day,” said Deputy Mayor Joseph Florio.  “The public can see all the state-of-the-art equipment they use to keep people safe.”

“It’s great to see our residents interacting with members of our fire department,” said Union Mayor Michele Delisfort.  “We applaud them for everything they do for our community.”