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Firefighters Offer Fun and Learning For Kids, Parents Saturday

The new West County fire training facility is open to the public Saturday. Kids and parents can participate in firefighter and paramedic training activities. Check it out!

The West County EMS and Fire Protection District has a new training facility and Fire Safety House for community and school tours.

Patch got a sneak peek earlier this year and Saturday residents are invited to come check it out!

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Located at 13790 Manchester Road, near the intersection of Manchester and Mason roads, the open house is 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Resident's can tour the center, participate in the hands-on exibilts and meet the West County firefighters and paramedics who respond to their local 911 calls.

As previously reported by Patch, the building offers simulated fires, a fake bedroom for children to learn how to react to and escape from a fire, and even a heated bedroom door that smokes. 

There is a classroom for fire education and a mock kitchen with appliances that smoke, spark and catch fire. 

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Construction of the facility began in December 2010 and it's funded in part by the $19 million bond issue passed by voters.

The cost is estimated at a total of $5 million for the construction of the Fire Safety House and training facility, plus additions to Fire House 2. The new buildings are located behind Fire House 2 off Manchester Road near Mason Road. 

Schools and community organizations, including churches, cub scouts and girl scouts are encouraged to tour the new Fire Safety House. To book a future tour or for more information, email PR@wescofire.org.

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