Fire Department Open House

“Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is the theme for the 2017 Temple Terrace Fire Department’s annual Open House scheduled for 9 am. to 2 pm. Saturday, Oct. 14 at Fire Station No. 1, 124 Bullard Parkway. 

This free event is held each October in recognition of National Fire Prevention Month. The Open House once again will coincide with “Temple Terrace Reads,” a family literacy festival to take place in front of Temple Terrace Elementary School from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Fire Department will host interactive exhibits as well as displays of its firefighting equipment, including ladder trucks, pumpers and rescue vehicles.

Youngsters can experience what it’s like to be a firefighter, putting out simulated house fires with water hoses and even saving a barn from burning down as well as learning how to safely escape a smoke-filled room. River the rescue dog also will be on hand.

Terrace Reads

Taking place just behind the Fire Station on Flotto Ave., “Temple Terrace Reads” will offer various activities to encourage reading, including storytellers, crafts, food, book giveaways and more. Attendees can participate in the Temple Terrace Library’s marble guessing game - the winner of which will be awarded a Clifford The Big Red Dog stuffed animal and a free Dairy Queen blizzard, compliments of the Temple Terrace Dairy Queen.

For more information about these events, call (813) 506-6700.