On Saturday, from 8 a.m.to noon the Sparks Fire Department is hosting its 24th annual pancake breakfast and open house as a kick off to National Fire Prevention Week. The will be held at the SFD building at 1605 Victorian Avenue.
“This has been going on for 24 years now, and we do it invite the public to the station to help us start off fire prevention week," King said.
Sparks city leaders and fire fighters will be making pancakes, ham, eggs and much more to satisfy those hungry civilians. The most important part of the event is to provide families with fire safety knowledge and of course to have fun.
“Something really exciting this year is our fire safety RV trailer that contains a living room, kitchen, and bedroom. It's going to be unveiled to the public,” King Said. “We received grant money from previous years to redo the outside of the trailer. It looks pretty spectacular you have to see it.”
With this trailer, the firefighters show kids how to escape from the kitchen, living room, and bedroom in case there is a fire in their home. The firefighters promote their Project SAFE-Survive A Fire Emergency by educating the public about residential smoke alarms and emergency evacuation plans.
Firefighters will also demonstrate a high-angle rescue by bringing someone down from a burning window with a stokes basket (rescue basket). Additionally, firefighters will handle a live vehicle extrication and patrons of the event can also take a picture with Sparky the Fire Dog as well as enter a raffle where they could win prizes.
There are rumors about having another mascot that seem to grab the community’s attention.
“There might be a special guest mascot this year, but that will be a surprise,” King said.
Most of the money raised goes out to the community; the money provides safety materials for schools. It also goes toward the victims of the fire fund for people who have lost their homes due to a fire.
Many supporters come out like Model Dairy, which provides milk, eggs and all of the necessities to put on such a great breakfast. The Boys and Girls Club provides the shuttle bus for the community and a variety of businesses support with the raffle prizes.
“We wouldn’t be able to do it without all of our supporters. It's just great," King said. “We are doing demonstrations that we haven’t done in a while and these supporters help with that.”
The turnout each year depends he said; it ranges from about 500-1500 people.
“It really just depends on the weather,” King said.
Adults are $5; children and seniors are $2. To take the free shuttle service, park west of the theater on ‘C’ street at Victorian Plaza; look for the ‘Boys and Girls Club’ shuttle.