The Fort Scott Fire Department is opening its’ building to showcase new equipment.
The open house is October 16 at the Hawkins Public Safety Facility at 1604 S. National, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“The Fort Scott Fire Department is hosting the event as part of Fire prevention month,” Mike Miles, FSFD Deputy Chief said. “During the event, we will be showcasing the new trucks the fire department was able to purchase this year.”
Personnel will be answering questions and giving demonstrations.
” We will have a live demonstration of setting up the aerial (truck) and discuss with the public, the benefits the new truck provides,” Miles said. “As well as answering any questions or concerns some may have. The trucks and station will be on display for the public to tour and look at.”
Aerial demonstrations at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.
“One of the stations will be a live kitchen fire safety demonstration,” Miles said. “This will showcase the dangers of a kitchen grease fire and what not to do.”
Live fire demonstrations will be at 11:00 a.m., 12:00, 1:00 and 1:45 p.m.
“We will have our newly renovated fire prevention trailer set up for kids to walk through as well as the parents to see how it operates,” he said. “We take this trailer to every school during the month of October. So the parents can get a good visual of what we do for the kids as well.”
“Sparky ( a mascot) will be present for the kids to take photos with, we are hoping to join up with the police department to have them do some car seat checks or pass any public safety information along on their part as well,” Miles said.
“We will also have fire prevention material to pass out as well,” he said. “We will have several stations set up on the premises for the public to obtain information and do a tour of the facility.”
“We will have drawings for prizes to give to the public and kids,” he said. “Some items were provided by local hardware stores.”
A hot dog lunch will be provided by The Butcher Block.
About the FSFD:
The Fort Scott Fire Department has 12 full-time firefighters and two chiefs, with four reserve firefighter positions.
They are set up with three shifts who work a 24-hour on, 48-hr off rotation. Four full-time members plus the two chiefs are on duty daily.
The fire department has three engines, one aerial truck, one rescue truck, and one ambulance.