The public is invited to come tour the Brownwood Fire Department’s central station in an open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and see demonstrations of some of the services firefighters provide.

Free hot dogs and drinks will be provided, and Lifeguard Ambulance, Air Evac Lifeteam and county volunteer fire departments will have their equipment at the station, and representatives of the Red Cross, CERT and Salvation Army will also be present.

The Central Fire Station is at 600 E. Adams.

Brownwood Fire Chief Eddy Wood will be present for Q and A.

Demonstrations include:

• K-9 demo — Fire Marshal Buddy Marshal will put his arson dog, Nika, through demonstrations in which Nika searches out samples of accelerants that would be used by arsonists.

• Extrication — Firefighters will use the Jaws of Life to cut up a vehicle, showing how they extricate a trapped person from a wrecked vehicle.

• Technical rescue — Firefighters will demonstrate how they use ropes and harnesses and put their special training to use to rescue someone trapped up high or below ground level.

“This is our very first open house,” Wood said.

He said the fire department wants to “open up” the home that taxpayers have provided and invite them to see the equipment, facilities, services firefighters provide and see where firefighters live when they’re on duty.

Wood also put in a word for the Winchell voluntary fire department’s fundraiser barbecue and raffle, which is from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. “I had it last year. It was out of this world,” Wood said.