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    October 06, 2019

    EL CENTRO — For any local child who entertains dreams of one day becoming a firefighter, an event held Saturday at El Centro Fire Department Station No. 3, 1910 N. Waterman Ave., was like hitting the jackpot.

    The annual open house, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., was held in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week. Some 250 to 400 kids had an opportunity to interact with firefighters and other emergency personnel; check out fire trucks, helicopters and other equipment; tour the fire station; meet Sparky the Fire Dog (IID’s Dippy Duck was also on hand); receive hands-only CPR training, watch rescue demonstrations, explore the Kid’s Safety House, and even try out some equipment.

    Tom Bodus, I.V. Press Staff Writer