ROCHESTER, Minn. – For the next week, kids will get the chance to see what it is like to be a firefighter as departments across our area host open house events.
On Wednesday, the Rochester Fire Department kicked off its open houses, which will continue Thursday and Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at all five fire stations.
Kids can see what it is like to spray a real fire hose, climb into the trucks and meet their local fire fighters.
The open house events are part of Fire Prevention Week, which is recognized nationwide. This year, the theme is “Don’t wait, check the date!”
“The emphasis is to check your smoke detectors — smoke detectors have a life span of 10 years and if your smoke detector is older than 10 years, you need to replace it to make sure you’re protected at home,” explains Larry Mueller, motor operator, Engine 16.
Besides educating kids and families about fire prevention, Mueller says it’s also a chance for the fire crews to connect with the community.
“We are civil servants, we enjoy working for the community and that’s our number one job. We’d much rather educate the community and the people than have to go to an emergency. So this gives us that opportunity to get out and talk with them and make sure they lead a safe lifestyle.”
The Mason City Fire Department will also have an open house event with live fire demonstrations. That is this Sunday, Oct. 16 from 1-4 p.m.