October 6th marks the first day of National Fire Prevention Week and to help kick things off the Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department opened their station doors to everyone on Saturday.
Officials hosted an open house on Saturday afternoon at Station 11 on Veterans Drive in Traverse City.
Families were invited in for a day that was all about promoting fire safety and prevention. Kids also got a chance to sit in a real fire truck, take a picture with Sparky the Fire Dog, or even get a lesson in how to work the fire hose.
Organizers say it's an important event that raises awareness for the entire family.
"We're out in schools with our lessons but we know that it's as important to get to parents also," said GT Metro Fire and Safety Public Educator, Meredith Hawes. "So if we can get families participating as a group in these activities and they're getting the consistent messages then we're doing our job."
National Fire Prevention Week lasts until October 12th.