Waxhaw Fire Department Open House

Sparky the Fire Dog poses with James Shanahan and Knox Crum, neighbors in Waxhaw who came out to see the fire trucks.

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WAXHAW, NC – On Sunday, October 3, 2021, the Waxhaw Fire Department opened their doors to the community for an Open House.  Featuring hose games, puppies from South Charlotte Dog Rescue, Sparky the Fire Dog, face painting, and hot dogs, the Fire House was a big hit.  Chief Gregory Sharpe was manning the grill station and shared, “​It is our annual open house to allow the community to visit. It is in conjunction with the Town of Waxhaw again.”  When asked about what the latest news from the firehouse is, he said, “​For once, nothing major! We have filled our full-time roster with 12. The four new members and a couple others will be sworn in most likely at a later event.”

Jeff Magnum, with Caricatures By Jeff, creates a caricature of Parker. Parker, of Waxhaw, came out for some family friendly fun!
Jeff Magnum, with Caricatures By Jeff, creates a caricature of Parker. Parker, of Waxhaw, came out for some family friendly fun!
Sparky the Fire Dog poses with James Shanahan and Knox Crum, neighbors in Waxhaw who came out to see the fire trucks.
 Bella Brush Face Painting shows Addison Kelly, 8, her completed look. Kelly's family came out to enjoy the community event from Charlotte. Her mom explained that friends in Waxhaw invited them to the Open House.
Bella Brush Face Painting shows Addison Kelly, 8, her completed look. Kelly’s family came out to enjoy the community event from Charlotte. Her mom explained that friends in Waxhaw invited them to the Open House.
The Kamarunas Family, Waxhaw, attended the 2021 Waxhaw FD Open House so the kids could see the trucks.
The Kamarunas Family, Waxhaw, attended the 2021 Waxhaw FD Open House so the kids could see the trucks.
Chief Sharpe grills up some hot dogs for the hungry crowd at the Waxhaw FD Open House 2021.
Chief Sharpe grills up some hot dogs for the hungry crowd at the Waxhaw FD Open House 2021.
Melanie with Julia (adoptable), Jessica with Bucky (alumni), and Danielle Spueler and Tyson (adoptable) are with South Charlotte Dog Rescue and attended the Open House to attract more adopters!
Melanie with Julia (adoptable), Jessica with Bucky (alumni), and Danielle Spueler and Tyson (adoptable) are with South Charlotte Dog Rescue and attended the Open House to attract more adopters!
Graham (12), Grace (10), Lila (7), and Landon (4) get up close and personal with the Fire Trucks at the Waxhaw FD Open House. They just moved to Waxhaw and came to meet the town and their heros.
Graham (12), Grace (10), Lila (7), and Landon (4) get up close and personal with the Fire Trucks at the Waxhaw FD Open House. They just moved to Waxhaw and came to meet the town and their heros.
Justine Haynes and Mary Wallace are with Waxhaw Parks and Rec department and they came to highlight fall activities.
Justine Haynes and Mary Wallace are with Waxhaw Parks and Rec department and they came to highlight fall activities.
Kellen, Waxhaw, came out for SCDR pups, fire demos, and to enjoy the weather. Here he is practicing with a fire extinguisher on a gas fire.
Kellen, Waxhaw, came out for SCDR pups, fire demos, and to enjoy the weather. Here he is practicing with a fire extinguisher on a gas fire.
Tower 18 was showing off at the Waxhaw Fire Department 2021 Open House.
Tower 18 was showing off at the Waxhaw Fire Department 2021 Open House.
Maddox, 2, is putting out the fire with some support from the Waxhaw Fire Department.
Maddox, 2, is putting out the fire with some support from the Waxhaw Fire Department.
Children's safety books and toys were handed out at the Waxhaw Fire Department Open House 2021.
Children’s safety books and toys were handed out at the Waxhaw Fire Department Open House 2021.
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Tara Botero
A. Tara Botero was born and raised in the South but only recently moved to Waxhaw, NC in November 2014. She has a horse, Cooper, with whom she spends many hours on the trails. Tara has been in love with photography for over 20 years and joined the TriW News as a photographer and reporter in August 2016.