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.

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]

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