PHOTOS: Harrison Fire cools down the town

Kids got a chance to use some firefighting equipment to spray each other, their parents and members of the Harrison Fire Department at the temporary splash park Wednesday. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Several Harrison firefighters donned full gear and went out into the spray Wednesday afternoon. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Kids got a chance to learn how to use a fire hose, and how to spray their friends and parents, at the temporary splash park in Harrison Wednesday. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Firefighters in full gear allowed swimsuit-clad kids to try out their personal firefighting gear, with reminders not to spray people in the face or anyone with a camera. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
Kids ran through sprinklers set up by the Harrison Fire Department in the empty field beside the village office Wednesday. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)
A hose stationed on the top of one of the Harrison Fire Department’s trucks rained water down on kids playing in the field by the village office Wednesday. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

The Harrison Fire Department helped local kids beat the heat Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 7) with a few firefighters and a lot of water.

The department created a temporary “Splash Park” in the overflow parking lot beside the village office, setting up a fire truck to shower the area in with hoses and sprinklers.

Kids got the chance to use a full-size firefighting hose, and many were able to follow around firefighters in full gear to try out their backpack-style equipment.

Parents also got a little wet; some running through the sprinklers with their kids, and others becoming victims to the hoses that were pointed at anyone who got within range.

The temporary splash park was open from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, and left enough flooding on the field to ensure the overflow parking lot will be safe from grass fires for the foreseeable future.

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