Michelle Priest and Heather Emerson posed for a photo with their families on the evening of the open house event. 

It was visible from blocks away- a large American flag hanging nearly 100-feet in the air, waving atop the extended ladder of  Reedley Fire's engine 131 on the evening of Oct. 11.

"We thought maybe a couple people would be here and we figured, why not lets go check it out," said Heather Emerson. "And yeah, there are so many people here."

Emerson was among the many people who showed up to the annual open house event hosted by the Reedley Fire Department. 

Jerry Isaak, fire chief for the Reedley Fire Department, said the event was a tremendous success with nearly 1,500 people in attendance. 

"There was a fire safety trailer simulating a fire inside of a smoke-filled home, a smoke-filled school bus, a fire suppression prop allowing children to put out a house fire and so much more," he said. 

Chief Isaak said other events included a "Jaws of Life" demonstration, firefighter gear demonstration and a "Stop Drop and Roll" instruction. Fire trucks from several outside agencies were also displayed along 11th Street.

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