Walton County Fire Rescue's Summer House is Saturday

DeFuniak Springs, Fla. - This Saturday, Walton County Fire Rescue and Walton County Animal Services are teaming up and opening their doors to host a free family event right here at Station 2. 

"We are going to have a family orientated event. We are going to have this wonderful water slide for the children to play on. We are going to have our pets here from the shelter. So, hopefully someone will find their forever pet and actually take it home," said Tina Barker, Walton County Animal Service Manager. 

"We're opening our doors this weekend because we want to teach the public and mainly children, the importance of fire safety and that your firemen are friendly," explained Dominick Maestre, Walton County Fire Rescue Firefighter and EMT.

With the summer heating up, the Walton County Sheriff's Office said this is a perfect way for families to cool down while learning about fire safety. Folks will get a full tour of the Woodlawn Fire Station, a training session, and an opportunity to talk to the WCSO K-9 unit. 

"A lot of times the public doesn't know what we actually do. So, we decided since we have Fire and Rescue, and we have the Animal Services in the Sheriff's Department, to combine us together so everybody can get a little look at all of us together and ask questions if they want to learn," said Barker. 

Kids will also get a chance to walk through the 'Smoke House' Training Facility, where the firefighters will fill the trailer with smoke to teach kids what to do in an emergency. Not only will there be fun activities but, the firefighters are also having a hot dog cookout from noon until 1 p.m., while supplies last. 

"This event is completely free. We had donations set aside that people gave us to help make this happen. So, we want everybody to come down and enjoy this free event," said Barker. 

Saturday's event will kick off at 10 a.m. with food, fun and furry friends and will go until 2 p.m. So, if you don't have plans yet for Saturday, this is the place to be. 

The event will take place at the Woodlawn Fire Station which is located off of Highway 331.

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