Open House at Midtown Taylor Fire Station attracts hundreds

Captain Fire Inspector Jesse Kriebel -- aka "Firefighter Jesse" -- estimated that nearly 500 people attended the June 12 open house at the Midtown Taylor Fire Station.

"The Taylor firefighters believe the event was a huge success," he said. "We enjoyed the opportunity to entertain and educate Taylor residents. It was nice to meet our citizens without them having to call us for an emergency. Unfortunately, most of the time we, 'meet by accident.'"

He said the smoke house successfully demonstrated how to survive a fire emergency to nearly every family in attendance. Firefighters made sure the kids were safe on the bounce houses. There were some great family photo opportunities at the "dress-up like a firefighter" station.

The "B-Shift" car accident extrication team got to show off their skills with the "jaws of life." Members of the EMS and Fire Marshal Division were happy they could interact with the public by answering questions, giving safety tips and distributing handouts.

The City of Taylor Department of Golf, Parks & Recreation was in attendance to assist and promote family events in the city. The Taylor police inspected car seats and taught bike safety. The firefighters and police worked together to properly fit and give away more than 100 bike helmets.

And the famous staff of the Taylor Famous Dave's restaurant may have been the most popular attraction: distributing pulled pork sandwiches and cole slaw to anyone who asked.

Blake Robinson, a 20-month-old Taylor boy, tries his hand at operating the fire hose. With him are his grandfather,
Dan Patrias of Taylor, and Captain Senior Fire Inspector Troy Teifer.

The Tolliver sisters of Taylor -- 5-year-old Isabella and and
4-year-old Mijanna enjoy dressing up like a firefighter.

Aubrey Carney, a 3-year-old Taylor girl, enjoyed eating pulled pork sandwiches, complements of the
Taylor Famous Dave's restaurant. Hundreds of sandwiches and plenty of cole slaw were eaten during
the four-hour open house.

Captain Fire Inspector Jesse Kriebel makes sure a bicycle helmet
fits just right on the head of Brandon Pfeiffer, a 4-year-old Taylor
boy. Firefighter Jesse said 100 helmets were given away during
the open house at the Midtown Fire Station.

Five Taylor firefighters display extrication techniques (above and below) to get an injured "person"
removed from a car. The firefighters are Battalion Chief Ron McNamee, Captain Ed Sierota, Senior
Captain Fire Inspector Troy Teifer, Lt. Jim Hubbard and Fire Medic Ron Howard. They used the "jaws
of life" to remove the roof and doors and then removed the "body" on a stretcher. The crowd applauded.