Want some fun? Head for a fire station open house

Fire departments in Rockford, Loretto and Hamel are educating school children and adults about preventing and fighting fires in the kitchen during National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12. The Loretto Fire Department will hold its open house from 4-8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Fire Station, 259 N. Medina St. (County Road 19) in Loretto.

More than 300 people turned out for the Hamel Fire Department open house, Sunday, Oct. 6, despite, or perhaps because of, soggy weather. Some visitors said they were looking for something to do after baseball games were canceled. People who came to the Hamel Fire Station were treated to a demonstration of the Jaws of Life, fire truck rides, Firefighter Sonny Neumann’s chili and more.

Coco Schwartz, of Maple Grove, discovers that it takes some muscle to control a fire hose at a Fire Prevention Week open house, held Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Hamel Fire Station. Hamel Firefighter Michael DeVowe helps Coco take aim. Kaliyah and Gabe Larson, of Hamel, dream about driving Hamel Fire’s antique fire truck. (Sun staff photo by Susan Van Cleaf)
A Hamel firefighter demonstrates the dangers of a grease fire in a kitchen. (Photo by Michael DeVowe) Aurick and Gavin Tiemann, of Big Lake, check out the back of Hamel Fire’s antique fire truck. (Sun staff photo by Susan Van Cleaf)
Hamel firefighters remove an accident “victim” from a car after demonstrating the Jaws of Life. (Photo by Elizabeth Weir)
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Coco Schwartz, of Maple Grove, discovers that it takes some muscle to control a fire hose at a Fire Prevention Week open house, held Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Hamel Fire Station. Hamel Firefighter Michael DeVowe helps Coco take aim.