Longmeadow first responders welcome families at open house

The open house also served as a means of appreciating the work of all first responders

LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – It was an open house of sorts at fire departments all across western Massachusetts Saturday.

Families took advantage of the opportunity to touch the big red rescue trucks and ladders that keep them safe.

There was sizable turnout at the Longmeadow Police and fire departments.

The children came away with fun memories and the grown ups came away with vital safety information.

It helps build relations between the police and the community and the firefighters community,” said John Schott of Agawam. “The community knows when to keep going.”

Longmeadow Fire Department Captain Jay Macsat, told 22News, “It’s to celebrate National Fire Prevention Week. “What we’re doing is the theme every second counts find two ways out.”

The open house also served as a means of appreciating the work of all first responders.

After a Safety Day demonstration, it was free pastries and soft drinks all around, courtesy of Big Y, Armata’s and Starbucks.