Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Parkwood Fire Station

What it is: Most small children love fire trucks, especially little two year old boys.  So, we were thrilled when we had the opportunity to visit the Parkwood Fire Station.  They do tours for all ages of children and cater the tours to what age group is attending.  Our group was only two, so there wasn't much fire prevention education, but that is available for older children.  Our little group had the opportunity to tour the fire truck, talk with the fire men and women, and receive fire hats and stickers.  We were there for about an hour, but the tour can last as long as is practical for the group.

I have heard that other fire stations in the area will give tours, but you would need to call ahead to make sure that the fire station near you gives tours.  I have even heard that there's a fire station on Ninth St. that has a fire pole for demonstration, but I can't confirm that.

What we liked: We loved how accommodating the people at the fire station were.  They were willing to bend over backward to make sure that we had a great visit and were very flexible when we called to arrange the tour and discuss our needs.  It was also really nice to give the children the chance to learn about the role of the fire station in our community and become more familiar with it.  One of the best parts is that the tour is free!  (Oh, and you can also get your car seat inspected for safety while you're there if they have the personnel available.)

What we would change: It was a fabulous experience, but since it was a working, busy fire station there's always the chance that you'll head down for a visit and they'll have to head out on a call.  It's a risk, but well worth it for the experience.

Website and other important information:

Website: http://www.pvfd.com/html/index.htm

Address: 1409 Seaton Rd., Durham, NC 27713 (Apparently there are several different fire stations in the Parkwood group, but this is the one that we visited.)

Phone Number: 919.361.0927


1. A view of the fire station

2. Touring the truck

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