“It’s a good father-daughter opportunity,” said Kevin Stewart, a Burbank resident. “It’s probably our fifth or sixth time out here. She likes it.”
The streets surrounding the Burbank Fire and Police Headquarters were lined with booths. Early Saturday morning, a police helicopter landed in the middle of Third Street and Orange Grove Avenue.
Up the block was a striker vehicle that’s primarily used during emergencies at Bob Hope Airport.
“Kids like this truck a lot, I guess because it’s bigger,” said Jay-C Harm, a firefighter with the Burbank Glendale Pasadena Airport Authority. “How many kids get to see, touch and look inside a fire truck?”
Staff spent three days cleaning the firehouse and engines leading up to the big day, said Mark Berg, a captain of Engine 21B in Glendale.
“And we’re going to do it all again tomorrow, because of the pancakes,” he said.
Berg was speaking about Glendale, but the reasons he said he loves his work could apply in Burbank too.
“Every day is different and exciting,” he said. “Glendale is small enough you know everyone, but big enough that you’ve got hazardous materials, industrial, residential, brush, high rises, urban search and rescue — there’s a lot of specialties to get into.”
Five-year-old Marko Ratkovic had his picture taken with Officer Shawn Sholtis and Sam, a German shepherd in the Glendale Police Department’s K-9 unit.
“Firefighters are brave,” Marko said.
Jameson Stengal, a 7-year-old in Burbank, said the fire department’s ladder truck was the coolest thing he saw. The firetruck was parked outside the department’s garage, and had deployed its ladder about three stories into the air.
Jameson’s mother, Beth, said touring the station was the highlight of her day, especially seeing the department’s kitchen.
“It’s probably not too fun to have to leave in the middle of whatever you’re doing,” she said. “Especially if you have to go put out a fire.”
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