A Visit to the Fire Station

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Is This A Future Fireman?

I have been interested in the Upper Sandusky Fire Department for most of my life.  First, my father served on the department (as a volunteer) for 40 years.  And now my husband, who has been on the department for 20+ years in various roles, is the chief.  Upper is very lucky because more than 30 men volunteer (they are now called paid on call) on USFD and will drop whatever they are doing when their pager goes off.  Major fires are few and far between which means the fire safety programs must be working.

Each year, in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week, the guys host an open house for the public.  Most activities are geared toward children, but information and brochures are available for adults.  Several businesses in the area donate door prizes, and children receive balloons, fire helmets, coloring books, and a chance for hands on activities.

Learning a Valuable Lesson - crawl under smoke!

One activity teaches children to "stop, drop, and roll" while another teaches them to stay low to avoid smoke.  Kids are given a chance to "put the fire out" of a makeshift house using a real fire hose and water.  Kids can also see what it is like to be a fireman by participating in drills.  Weather permitting, children can inspect the trucks and equipment, and get their picture taken in turnout gear.  Punch and cookies are served to all that attend. 

Schools, preschools, and day care centers are encouraged to promote this activity.  By getting the word out, our city and department educate families to practice fire safety!  I have included some pictures taken at one of the open houses!  As you can see, children and adults are having fun with the activities.  It is a popular event in the community!

shirlan says:
If we ever get to your neck of the woods we will have to find out what day the open day is. Andrew is an ex firie. We called into fire stations in Whistler and Vancouver and I have bought t-shirts for him and my son (he is still a volunteer firie) from the fire stations and over the internet.
Posted on: May 29, 2008
PhinsAndGills says:
Maybe I'm a LITTLE biased, but the open house is really a great thing for the kids and the community.
Posted on: Feb 18, 2008
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Is This A Future Fireman?
Is This A Future Fireman?
Learning a Valuable Lesson - crawl…
Learning a Valuable Lesson - craw…
Getting dressed for a picture
Getting dressed for a picture
Look At Me!
Look At Me!
No Station Would Be Complete Witho…
No Station Would Be Complete With…
Door Prizes
Door Prizes
Getting a first hand look at the t…
Getting a first hand look at the …
Upper Sandusky Fire Department Ope…
Upper Sandusky Fire Department Op…
A chance to look through the trucks
A chance to look through the trucks
Put That Fire Out
Put That Fire Out
Handouts and information
Handouts and information
Nice Crowd
Nice Crowd
Dressed in full gear!
Dressed in full gear!
Theres fire in the chimney
There's fire in the chimney
This is hard work
This is hard work
Practicing a drill
Practicing a drill
Ah - Refreshments
Ah - Refreshments
Meet the fire fighter
Meet the fire fighter
Kids Everywhere
Kids Everywhere
Entering the smoke tunnel
Entering the smoke tunnel
Upper Sandusky
photo by: PhinsAndGills