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October is fire prevention month

Rob Indrebo
by Rob Indrebo, Firefighter10/02/2018 12:00 am
Updated: 10/02/2018

October is Fire Prevention Month and, as you can imagine, it’s a busy time for fire departments around the country and Shakopee is no exception. Our annual Open House is Monday night, October 8th from 5 to 8 p.m. at Fire Station 1, located at 2700 Vierling Drive East.

In years past, we’ve held our open house on the Saturday of Fire Prevention Week. However, we’ve had requests from citizens and firefighters to change it to a weekday night because weekends are valuable to busy families.  When children are participating in sports, dance, aerobics, school activities or end-of-summer/fall weekend camping vacations, it's tough to carve out time to stop by the fire department. We moved our open house to Monday night to symbolically open National Fire Prevention Week, which we'll be recognizing from Oct. 7 - 13.

We hope to still have the participation from the community, so we added a couple of fun activities for the kids. For the very young kids, there will be an obstacle course where you follow a fire hose through tunnels and over soft bumps. This is a good demonstration of a training exercise firefighters need to complete, although theirs is a bit more difficult.

Another new activity will be a scavenger hunt for firefighting tools. Each family will get a piece of paper showing some common tools used by firefighters. The family can walk around the trucks and find the tool, which will be labeled. After finding the matching items, the kids get a plastic fire helmet to take home.

In addition to the open house, every third grader in Shakopee gets to visit the fire station where they can perform a rescue in our training room, spray water through a fire hose and work together as a team at the hose-roll station. The kids always love the field trip, but it’s just as much fun for our firefighters. It’s so important that some firefighters use vacation time from their regular jobs so they can be part of this annual event! We want to give a big thanks to the Shakopee Lion’s Club who donated the funds to cover bussing costs associated with getting the kids here. If you know a Lion’s Club member, please thank them!