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Kids can earn meals at FDFD open house

Fire safety to be the lesson on Saturday

October 4, 2012
By BILL SHEA, , Messenger News

Children will have a chance to learn some lifesaving lessons and earn a free meal in the process during an open house to be held Saturday by the Fort Dodge Fire Department.

During the event, people of all ages will be able to see fire trucks up close, tour the firehouse and watch firefighters demonstrate how they would rescue someone from a wrecked car.

"The open house will give the public - our customers - the opportunity to see the Fire Department, the vehicles and the firefighters in action," said Fire Chief David Luers.

The event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. at the firehouse, 1515 Central Ave.

Luers said children will have to complete three activities to earn a free kids meal at Hardee's, 6 S. 15th St.

A trip through what Luers called the "smokehouse" is one of those activities. The smokehouse is a trailer with an interior set up like a house in which firefighters teach children how to escape from a fire.

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What: Fort Dodge Fire Department open house

When: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Firehouse, 1515 Central Ave.

Using a fire extinguisher to put out a simulated blaze is another of those activities. Fire science students from Iowa Central Community College will assist with the extinguisher training.

Learning how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire is the final activity.

The open house will be held in advance of Fire Prevention Week, which begins Sunday.



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