Area fire department open houses held Oct. 12

Fire department open houses took place Saturday in the communities of Andover, East Bethel, Ham Lake, Nowthen, Ramsey and St. Francis.

The events coincided with the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Prevention Week Oct. 6-12.

Citizens were able to learn more about what a fire department does by visiting with the firefighters themselves and seeing the vehicles and equipment they use to respond to fires and vehicle accidents.

An open house at Ramsey Fire Station NO. 1 was a hit for kids who got to climb aboard fire trucks and a water rescue boat, shoot fire hoses, watch a North Memorial Hospital helicopter land and take off, get an animal balloon from a couple of clowns and dine on hot dogs, chips, pop and an ice cream sandwich.

Anoka residents Samantha Thumb, her son Parker and nephew Ronan, both 2 1/2 years old, check out the inside of a Ramsey fire truck at an Oct. 12 open house at Ramsey Fire Station No. 1. Photos by Eric Hagen Ramsey firefighter Alex Merritt shows Jack Meyer, 2 1/2 years old, of Ramsey how to shoot a fire hose while holding on tightly. (Left to right) Twins T.J. and Ryan, 3, and their five-year-old brother Carter Haddon of Elk River look at this water rescue boat with Bart Haddon. Five-year-old Sophia Parker of Ramsey and her brother Ethan, 2, get animal balloons from clowns Boe and Zoe. Tristan Waldon, 3, of Ramsey tries on a firefighter’s helmet at an Oct. 12 open house at Ramsey Fire Station No. 1. Fire department open houses were held in Andover, East Bethel, Ham Lake, Nowthen, St. Francis and Ramsey Oct. 12. A North Memorial Hospital helicopter flew into the Ramsey Fire Department open house.
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Anoka residents Samantha Thumb, her son Parker and nephew Ronan, both 2 1/2 years old, check out the inside of a Ramsey fire truck at an Oct. 12 open house at Ramsey Fire Station No. 1. Photos by Eric Hagen

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