As the temperatures dropped and rain began to settle in, families and children huddled under the tarp with a cup of hot cocoa, still eager to hop inside a fire truck and take a ride around the block with Dickinson’s firefighters.
From 5 p.m. to dusk on Tuesday, more than 150 people lined up at College Park to ride along inside the Dickinson Fire Department’s firetrucks during the annual Neighborhood Visit. Each year, this event attracts a large attendance, Deputy Fire Chief Mark Selle noted in a previous interview.
“It’s something that we do to get out in the community and get in contact with everybody and give the kids a chance to look at the fire truck, “Selle said. “It is a unique event that kids get an opportunity to ride in a fire truck… (It) gives us a chance to interact with the community and just talk to them and be a part of this community.”
Many years ago, a past DFD volunteer brought this idea up to the fire department as a way for local fire service people to boost their community outreach and for the community to get to know the firefighters