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Police, fire departments to host open houses

Local first responders are gearing up to celebrate National Night Out and Fire Prevention Week with a series of fun, family events.

The events kick-off at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Civic Center as Koch Pipeline Company and Flint Hills Resources announce the 2015 Helping Heroes grant recipients

Nine recipients will receive a total of $43,200, according to a press release from Koch and Flint Hills.

The grant distribution coincides with Port Arthur National Fire Prevention Week Fair at the civic center.

On Tuesday, Nederland Police and Fire departments will celebration National Night Out from 5 to 8 p.m. on Boston Avenue between the public safety complex and the Nederland Heritage Windmill.

Touted as “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” the Nederland event will have police and fire vehicles on display, bike safety demonstration, activities for the kids, and a showing of the movie E.T at 7:30 p.m. complete with popcorn.

Participants will have a chance to meet everyday heroes as well as Nederland High School football players.

Port Neches community will also celebrate National Night Out beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Port Neches Riverfront Park.

Participants can get an up close view of police cars, fire trucks, SWAT vehicle, helicopter and ambulance. Jefferson County water patrol and Texas Parks and Wildlife will also be on scene and there will be free food, face painting, games, live music and more.

A huge outdoor screen will be in place with a free showing of the movie Hotel Transylvania at dark.

National Night Out is a nationwide event designed to build strong community partnerships that promote safe neighborhoods.

On Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Groves Fire Department will host its annual open house at the station, 6150 Short St., in Groves, to celebrate National Fire Prevention Week.

There will be refreshments, equipment displays such as vehicle extrication using the Jaws of Life, repelling, fire extinguisher exhibit, brochures and live demonstrations.

This year’s theme is “Hear The Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.” The focus will be on the importance of smoke detectors in bedrooms. Every year home fires cause thousands of injuries and deaths.

On Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Port Neches Fire Department will host open house at their new station, 606 Magnolia Ave., in Port Neches.

Scheduled events include: residential sprinkler and smoke alarm live burn demonstration at 6:30 p.m. and a high angle technical recue demonstration at 7 p.m.

Kids will also have a chance to spray a real fire hose during the event.