Described as a “highly intensive scare,” East Lake Rescue Station 57’s Haunted Fire House is open for the bravest of the brave Friday and Saturday nights in October. Children under age 13, pregnant women, people with heart conditions and other medical conditions might want to wait outside.
EAST LAKE - The East Lake Haunted Fire House, at East Lake Fire Rescue Station 57, 3375 Tarpon Lake Blvd., gets spooky from 7 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays in October.
A donation of $5 is requested, benefitting the East Lake Firefighters’ Good and Welfare fund. Guests should plan to park at the nearby Lansbrook Golf Club on Village Center Drive off of East Lake Road, since there is no parking available at Station 57 during the event. Shuttle service to the Haunted Fire House is complimentary.
The Haunted Fire House is a 4,000 square foot walk-through, dark attraction filled with terrifying live actors, creatures and amazing special effects. The Haunted Fire House is a highly intensive scare.
Actors are well trained in safety and make guests feel a part of the action. Although there are emergency exits, once guests enter, there is no turning around or going back. For this reason, we do not recommend the Haunted Fire House for children ages 12 and under.
East Lake Fire Rescue is featuring its Haunted Fire House as a community outreach program to highlight the dangers of distracted driving.
The firefighters are holding this event for the second straight year, featuring the ‘Don’t Text and Drive’ theme. “The response from the 3,400 visitors in 2011 was fantastic and this year’s 2012 Haunted Fire House promises to be even bigger and better”, said East Lake’s District Chief Bill Edling, the event’s chief architect.
East Lake’s Assistant Fire Chief, Tom May, added that “recent statistics certainly demonstrate the need for community awareness of the dangers of texting and driving.
In 2010, over 3,000 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and over 400,000 were injured. In the month of June 2011 alone, more than 196 billion text messages were sent or received in the United States, up nearly 50 percent from June 2009, so the danger is increasing.”
Volunteers are needed for the Haunted Fire House. For more information, visit www.fearthecaptain.com, or call Station 57, Monday through Friday at 727-784-8668.