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    El Paso Fire Department "Open House 2006"

    With September as "Emergency Preparedness Month" and the week of October 9th as "Fire Prevention Week," the El Paso Fire Department held "Open House 2006." This event was held on Saturday October 7, 2006, at the El Paso Fire Department Training Academy, located at 6800 Delta, inside Ascarate Park. Over 300 people came by the academy and enjoyed all the activities and the beautiful weather.

    There were static displays of fire apparatus, live fire, K-9 units, rappelling, vehicle extrication and water rescue demonstrations. The Juarez Fire Department Ladder Drill Team gave a great performance that amazed the spectators. Also, Sifu Ray Abeyta, from the Texas School of Tai Chi, gave a Tai Chi demonstration. Sifu Ray is the Tai Chi instructor for the El Paso Fire Department. The Office of Emergency Management and the Fire Prevention Division gave fire safety and emergency preparedness presentations throughout the day.

    Events for the children included "water wars," a jumping balloon and the "Manos Arriba Puppet Theater," which presented a fire safety puppet show inside the main classroom of the Academy and was enjoyed by both children and adults.

    Neighborhood fire stations were opened during the hours the Open House ran to receive visitors.

    Donated canned goods were also accepted for the West Texas Food Bank and the Salvation Army. This event was part of the continuing effort of Fire Chief Roberto Rivera and the El Paso Fire Department to provide the best customer service to the citizens of El Paso. Fire Department Officials hope to make this an annual tradition.

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