Dozens of children enjoyed a makeshift water park created by Decatur, Neb. fire and rescue.
It's a warm day in Decatur, Neb. About 80 degrees. But without a community pool in town, the kids didn't have a way to cool off. Then Decatur Fire and Rescue stepped in.
"I came in and asked if they wanted to do something fun, and before I knew it, they were talking about putting all these pools up and making all these waterfalls with the trucks," said organizer Abbie Syrek.
Water curtains have become sprinklers. Dump tanks are now pools. And a hose and tarp make for a nice slip and slide. Decatur Fire Rescue to the rescue - with wild water fun.
"We've always been willing to help the community - that's what we're for," said rescue captain Dan Magill. "So we figured, why not?"
Organizers say they thought of the idea on Wednesday evening. Just two days later, in front of the Decatur Fire Department, the town has a water park to call its own.
"It's a neat opportunity for the firefighters to interact on their home turf, wearing their uniforms in a way that is fun and exciting," said Syrek.
Even the adults got in on the fun. But the kids are the ones that benefit the most.
"My dad is a firefighter and he slided on the slide," said Dakotah Deemer. "Then everybody did it."
"Really fun," said Sierra Heckenlaible. "Because there's water. I like sliding on the tarp."
And when you're used to only seeing fire and rescue at bad times- it makes the good ones that much more worth it.
"It's a lot of fun to watch all the little kids come around and enjoy it," said fire chief Matt Archer.
"You go on calls at one, two in the morning and whatever may have you, you go home," said rescue captain Dan Magill. "This puts a pat on the back as far as I'm concerned."
A pat on the back and a job well done - all for two hours of fun.