KATY MAGAZINE NEWS October 7, 2019 By Ali Litton
The fall fun continues in Katy this weekend with Willowfork Fire Department’s annual Open House. The community is invited Saturday, October 12 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm to tour the stations, view the equipment, and talk to local firefighters. The event will also feature activities for younger visitors, including a junior firefighter obstacle course.
On Saturday, October 12, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, residents can tour three local Katy fire stations for a free, fun and informative family event. Visitors of all ages will enjoy seeing behind the scenes of the working fire stations that help keep Katy safe.
“The best part of Open House is seeing all the kids get excited to see the trucks and firefighters. I enjoy reaching out to help keep kids safe,” shares Fire Chief Billy Wilson.
Attend an Open House Near You
Station 1: 24655 Westheimer Pkwy. Station 2: 26950 Cinco Ranch Blvd. (Blood donation location 9:00 am - 3:00 pm; sign up online) Station 3: 2700 Spring Green Blvd.
Nationwide Fire Safety Week
The Open House wraps up nationwide Fire Safety Week which runs October 6 - 12. This year’s theme mirrors that of Fire Safety Week: “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape. Plan and Practice your Escape.”
Having an escape plan plays a big part in protecting your family. Willowfork Fire Department offers free home surveys to anyone in the district to evaluate their home for hazards and discuss their family’s evacuation plan. To request an appointment, visit their website.
Chance to Give Back
Guests at the event have the opportunity to become heroes too. The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be at Station 2 from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. Each blood donation has the ability to save as many as three lives. Even with vast advancements in medical technology, there is still no substitute for blood needed to help trauma patients, premature babies, cancer patients and others in need.
To sign up to donate and get more information, visit the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center Commit for Life website.
Answering Katy's Calls for Help
According to the Willowfork Fire Department, so far this year they have responded to 2,049 calls. They anticipate answering around 2,800 by the end of the year.