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Benton County Fire District #4 shows you a day in the life of a firefighter

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WEST RICHLAND, WA.--  On Saturday, the firefighters of Benton County got together to host an open house for residents of the Tri-Cities. People were invited to see all the work that happens in the day-to-day life of a firefighter, as well as learn some safety lessons on how to avoid starting a fire, and what to do in the presence of one. 

While the firefighters were excited to teach everyone there, they were especially enthusiastic about keeping kids engaged. Benton County Fire District #4 Chief, Bill Whealan, was very eager use fun to teach kids about fire safety.

"They get to see everything, especially the trucks," explained Chief Whealan, "I had one little boy- I took pictures with him and what we call the "monster truck", the truck with the big tires- and they always enjoy that. We also get to take them into what we call the "Lisa House", which is for exit drills in the home- we teach them to get out of the home... They can feel the door to see if it's hot, and they can have the room full of smoke to see what it would actually be like in a fiery situation."

Open house attendees were also able to learn CPR and witness a vehicle extrication, all in hopes that they would sooner understand the work that firefighters put into keeping them safe. 

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