Katy, TX (October 27, 2016) Harris County ESD 48’s Annual Open House on Sunday October 23rd was a spectacular success this year with well over 3,000 people in attendance at all 3 participating stations. With the early unveiling of the brand new Station 5, the new multi-building complex drew the largest crowd with just over 1,600 people throughout the day. Those who came out not only got to see equipment and apparatus that will be stationed there when it officially opens but they also got to take guided tours of the three buildings that make up the new Station 5 Complex.
In addition to the traditional activities each station had its own unique offering in addition to a few outside agencies who joined us this year. Station 3 on Westgreen Blvd. had the Harris County Fire Marshals who brought their live fire Sprinkler Trailer demo as well the Katy ISD Police who educated those in attendance school safety. Station 4 on Franz Road invited the American Red Cross and Katy Area CERT out to talk about being prepared for emergencies and what to do if a large scale disaster happens. Station 5 on Morton Road had the Constables of Precinct 5 displaying their equipment and giving tours of one of their vehicles while Gulf Coast Regional Blood Centers held a blood drive as well as a free blood typing table to help people learn their blood type in case of an emergency.
Fire Chief Jeff Hevey said, “This year was a great success and I believe the record crowds were a result of our efforts over the last year to connect with and educate the residents we serve in new and creative ways.”