• Fire Capt. Josh Williams helps Jaeden Malinao, 4, extinguish a mock fire Saturday morning. The annual fire prevention festival, sponsored by the Fort Meade Department of Fire and Emergency Services at the firehouse, featured activities and demonstrations to promote safety during Fire Prevention Week.

    Fire Capt. Josh Williams helps Jaeden Malinao...

    Fire Capt. Josh Williams helps Jaeden Malinao, 4, extinguish a mock fire Saturday morning. The annual fire prevention festival, sponsored by the Fort Meade Department of Fire and Emergency Services at the firehouse, featured activities and...

  • Lt. Col. Bob Elmore of First Army Division East and his son Phillip look at the aftermath of the car extrication demonstration that included the removal of the vehicle's roof.

    Lt. Col. Bob Elmore of First Army Division East...

    Lt. Col. Bob Elmore of First Army Division East and his son Phillip look at the aftermath of the car extrication demonstration that included the removal of the vehicle's roof.

  • During one demonstration, firefighters suit up in HAZMAT gear before handling a "suspicious" package found beneath the tire of a car.

    During one demonstration, firefighters suit up...

    During one demonstration, firefighters suit up in HAZMAT gear before handling a "suspicious" package found beneath the tire of a car.

  • Fort Meade firefighters perform a car extrication to free a trapped dummy at the firehouse. The annual fire prevention festival marked the conclusion of Fire Prevention Week.

    Fort Meade firefighters perform a car...

    Fort Meade firefighters perform a car extrication to free a trapped dummy at the firehouse. The annual fire prevention festival marked the conclusion of Fire Prevention Week.

  • Children and adults tour fire trucks and equipment Saturday at the firehouse during the annual fire prevention festival sponsored by the Directorate of Emergency Services.

    Children and adults tour fire trucks and...

    Children and adults tour fire trucks and equipment Saturday at the firehouse during the annual fire prevention festival sponsored by the Directorate of Emergency Services.

  • Children and their parents listen to Wray Kinsley, assistant fire chief of prevention, Directorate of Emergency Services, as he explains the firefighters' protocol when a suspicious package is reported.

    Children and their parents listen to Wray...

    Children and their parents listen to Wray Kinsley, assistant fire chief of prevention, Directorate of Emergency Services, as he explains the firefighters' protocol when a suspicious package is reported.

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. - Jaedan Malinao tightly gripped the nozzle of a fire hose as he battled a "blazing house fire."

With the help of fire Capt. Josh Williams, the 4-year-old from Meuse Forest knocked down all the wooden flames in the windows of a small wooden house to successfully extinguish the mock fire.

"I liked putting out the fire," Jaedan said.

The house fire activity was one of the more popular events at the Fire Prevention Festival sponsored Saturday by the Fort Meade Department of Fire and Emergency Services at the fire station. The annual event, which featured activities for children and adults, marked the conclusion of Fire Prevention Week.

"It gives people the chance to come and hang out with us and see what we're all about," said Wray Kinsley, assistant fire chief of prevention, Directorate of Emergency Services. "It gives us a chance to get our prevention message out."

In addition to such activities as exploring fire trucks and equipment, using an electronic fire extinguisher machine and taking out a mock fire, the daylong event also featured multiple demonstrations.

Throughout the afternoon, Fort Meade firefighters performed many tasks including a hazardous materials response to a suspicious package, a car extrication and extinguishing a stove fire.

While the day's activities promoted safety and fire prevention, Kinsley said the event also was a way for children to become comfortable with emergency responders.

Many of the youngsters roaming through the fire station donned plastic fire hats and enjoyed watching the firefighters at work.

"I liked seeing all the firemen," Jaedan said.

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