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Cape fire stations hold tours for the public

By Staff | Oct 10, 2010

Rebecca Myers brought her son Jaden, 3, to Fire Station 6 on Saturday because she thought it would be a good opportunity to for him to get an up-close look at some of Cape Coral’s fire service operations.
Jaden got the chance to explore one of the fire engines, talk to firefighters, see demonstrations of their equipment, and learn about their operations during an open house on Saturday.
“He just wanted to come in and take a look,” Myers said. “They (firefighters) have been great today.”
Fire stations all over the city hosted open houses, an effort to reach out to the community and give them the chance to get a first-hand look at how their tax dollars are being spent.
Myers and her family were visiting Fire Station 6 on Chiquita Boulevard.
“I haven’t visited a fire house since I was in elementary school,” Myers said.
The response from the community was good at Fire Station 6, according to Travis Franks, who works at the station.
He said a lot of residents who visited the station didn’t know what services, exactly, the Cape Coral Fire Department provided, but walked away with a new perspective.
“It’s important to let the community come in and see what their tax dollars are paying for,” Franks added.
Jaden’s grandmother, Laura Ringland, said she appreciated the efforts of Cape Coral firefighters, and that her grandson couldn’t wait to see their gear.
“I think people take our fire department for granted,” Ringland said. “They don’t know how safe we are here in Cape Coral.”