Fire departments provide fun at open houses

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 April 2016 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

CARLTON – Albion firefighter James Fisher joins Caden Woolston and his sister Ava Woolston during an open house today at the Carlton Volunteer Fire Company.

Carlton let children use water hoses to hit targets, and welcomed kids to ride fire trucks and meet firefighters. Caden and Ava’s father Ryan Woolston is second lieutenant with Carlton.

Carlton hosted an open house today at the recreation hall on Route 98 as part of Recruit NY, a state-wide effort to boost membership in fire departments.Carlton firefighters also did an extrication demonstration.

Lily Eggleston, 5, of Albion has a big smile after riding in a Carlton fire truck.

Carlton firefighter Ryan Woolston shows a flashlight to twin brothers Weston Ernst, left, and Wyatt Ernst, both age 3. They are joined by Valerie Niederhofer, secretary of the Carlton Volunteer Fire Company.

Fancher-Hulberton-Murray also hosted an open house today as well as yesterday. here, FHM firefighter Ray Keffer assists a girl in climbing down a ladder of a trailer from the Hilton Fire District.

That trailer has a smoke simulator and firefighters could use the trailer to discuss the dangers of unattended stoves, overloaded extension cords and other household fire hazards.

Kali Keffer, an FHM junior firefighter, joins children in a safety drill inside the trailer from Hilton.

FHM firefighters Debbie Fiorito, left, and Mark Mallet do an extrication drill as part of today’s open house.