03 November 2017
Directorate of Emergency Services Hosts Open House
Jenni Benson, USAG Public Affairs

Fort Detrick Directorate of Emergency Services hosts an open house Oct. 25. Here, attendees try on fire and police gear to see what it feels like to step into the shoes of a first responder. Photos by Jenni Benson, USAG Public Afairs
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The U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick Directorate of Emergency Services hosted an open house Oct. 25. Several USAG directorates presented educational displays and hands-on demonstrations.

"The Garrison commander's intent was to bring together the workforce to build upon the community and share what goes on inside of our building. A lot of folks who have been here for many years have never stepped food inside the DES to see what it is we do and what we are capable of," said Fort Detrick Director of Emergency Services Ray Wharton.

Attendees had the opportunity to put on full firefighting gear to see how difficult and heavy the items are that our firefighters wear.

The Fort Detrick Police Department showcased several SWAT items and even allowed curious event goers the chance to hold and try on different pieces of equipment.

The Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation team's food truck was on hand to ensure those in attendance were fed and that a good time was had by all.

The purpose of this event was to gather Garrison employees together to get to know one another, see things they may not get to see on an everyday basis and to strengthen the workforce.

"At today's open house we were hoping to give those who have never been here the opportunity to feel, touch and see what the life in the day of a firefighter, police officer and security guard is like," said Wharton. "I think everyone that attended had a good time and learned something today too."
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