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Residents explore Fire Station No. 8 in The Woodlands

June 26, 2018 GMT

Residents of The Woodlands recently had the opportunity to explore fire engines, sheriff deputies’ vehicles and an ambulance at the Public Safety Open House event held June 23 at The Woodlands Fire Department Station No. 8.

Hosted by The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch, Saturday’s event was the first of many open house events to be held at each fire station across The Woodlands. This summer, children and adults alike can visit their local fire station to learn about fire safety equipment, meet law enforcement officials and have any questions regarding safety answered.

John Osborne, a program specialist with the Neighborhood Watch, encouraged the public to meet those that keep their neighborhoods safe.

“(We want) to bring the public out to our fire halls to meet our firemen, our first responders, also our deputies and to make them aware of the Neighborhood Watch program that we have here in The Woodlands,” Osborne said. “It’s a (more than) 40-year-old program that George Mitchell started years ago and basically he wanted our residents to be safe.”

About 20 percent of residents in The Woodlands are part of the Neighborhood Watch, which is one of the main reasons the group is so successful, Osborne said.

“It’s neighbors looking after neighbors. That’s the key to our success. Approximately 24,000 of our 116,000 residents belong to the Neighborhood Watch. It’s very successful,” Osborne added.

Fire departments across the country are rated on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the best and 10 being the poorest, by the Insurance Service Office (ISO), an independent private company that rates a community’s ability to provide fire protection and services. The Woodlands is one of about only 60 out of 47,000 communities nationwide that have achieved the ISO Class 1 status, according to ISO records.

“It’s good to have the good rapport for our deputies and also for our residents to come out and see the equipment that we have. We are an ISO Class 1 fire department and there’s only 60 of those in the United States,” Osborne noted. “We are proud of not only our deputies and our constables over on the Creekside part of The Woodlands but our fire departments. They’re an intrical part of keeping us safe.”

Upcoming Events

The Woodlands Township Neighborhood Watch has scheduled a Safety Expo for noon-3 p.m. on Oct. 6 at Northshore Park. The event will include officials with The Woodlands Township Fire Department, Montgomery County and Harris County precincts, the FBI and Texas Rangers.

“All the federal, state and local agencies will bring all their vehicles and all their materials that they use in doing their job,” Osborne said. “We just invite people to come out and have a good time.”

Residents will have the opportunity to meet with various safety and law officials and have their questions answered. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available.

The neighborhood watch is also preparing for National Night Out parties from 3-6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14. National Night Out is an annual event where neighbors are encouraged to turn on lights outdoors and spend time with neighbors outside. Residents that register their parties with the township can look forward to brief visits from local law enforcement and The Woodlands Fire Department. For more information, visit https://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/407/National-Night-Out.