Carroll-area residents will have the chance this weekend to see the ins and outs of the Carroll Fire Department.
The department will hold an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the fire station, located at 801 Bella Vista Dr. in Carroll.
The event will include tours, displays of firetrucks and equipment, safety videos and more. There will be a Jaws of Life demonstration at 2 p.m.
Firefighters will be available to speak with visitors, and copies of “Never Play With Fire,” a children’s educational activity book, will be passed out to young attendees.
The activity books were purchased with a $750 donation from the young members of Little Wonders Daycare, run by Mallory Ramaekers. The kids raised the money with an ice cream stand.
“We thought (the books) would be a great thing to do with their contribution, to help spread the fire safety message with young kids,” Fire Chief Greg Schreck said. “What better way to spread this message than from kids?”
The open house is held once every three years, always in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme is “Not every hero wears a cape; plan and practice your escape.”
The theme encourages members of the public to have a home fire escape plan that includes two exits from every room in the home, a path to outside, smoke alarms and a planned meeting place outside. Carroll Mayor Eric Jensen last week announced that Oct. 6–12 would be Fire Prevention Week in Carroll.
Firefighters Brad Ruhnke, Jeff Cullen and Kyle Cmelik organized this year’s open house.
The department also has its 97th annual Fireman’s Dance coming up from 8 p.m. to midnight Nov. 2 at Baratta’s Steakhouse in Carroll. The Jay Clyde Band will provide the evening’s entertainment. Tickets will be on sale soon and cost $2 per person — they’ve been the same price since the event started.
Funds raised at the event help pay for equipment, repairs and training for the department. Carroll’s firefighters recently purchased new bunker gear with funds from the event. Visitors at the open house will be able to see that equipment.
“The money people donate, they’ll get to see what we put that money toward,” Ruhnke said. “It lets the public see the good things we can do and (how) their donations are able to help us protect ourselves, for one thing, and also help them if they need it.”