RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - When you think of fires in South Dakota, you think of wildfires, but car fires happen over 200,000 times a year. You should never take matters into your own hands.
"If your car catches on fire, get out, make sure everybody gets out," said Joshua Williams, the Training Captain, Black Hawk Fire Department.
"Never go back to getting your car belongings in the car, and then step away and wait for the fire department to show up."
The Black Hawk Fire Department hosted their second annual open house to demonstrate safety tips in the event of a car fire.
The crew smashed the windows, knocked down the fire, and popped the hood to spray it down. Kids in the crowd gained a deeper understanding of fire safety.
The day was meant to inform, let families know the firefighters and raise money for the department.
"It's letting the community come out, meet the firefighters, look at our truck, get to know who we are, what we do, and just interact with them so they know that we are there for them," said Williams.
The department gets roughly 400 calls a year to take care of different situations. They train several nights a month and are ready for your calls. So, if your car is on fire, just remember to call 911.