A Visit to the Fire Station
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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.
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!