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Sandwich Fire Department hosts open house

Published: Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 3:26 p.m. CST
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Rides on a firetruck were among the fun things for families to do during the Sandwich Fire Department open house on Sunday, Oct. 14.
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Sandwich Fire Department Lt. Brian Olson serves up pancakes and sausage during the open house.
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Firetruck rides were the main attraction for kids during the fire department's open house.
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Rick Menth scrubs the grill after breakfast at the fire station.
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The ambulance was open for display during the open house.
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Firefighters' turnout gear hangs ready and waiting.

The pancake breakfast was a success, but paramedic Derek Hagerty thought the rain kept the crowd away from the Sandwich Fire Department’s open house.

“The breakfast was a huge hit,” he said. Pancakes and sausages were served for $5 per person as a department fundraiser.

The open house following breakfast offered station tours, rides on a firetruck, blood pressure checks, an ambulance display, face painting and a safety trailer.

The annual event is scheduled in recognition of Fire Prevention Week. According to its website, the department has 35 volunteer firefighters. Hagerty said he is one of six full-time paramedics.

The department also is available to provide the following programs and activities to residents, community groups and businesses within the fire district.

• Fire extinguisher training

• Kids fire safety trailer tours

• Station tours

• A fire truck at neighborhood block parties if personnel are available, with plenty of notice.

The department is always seeking more volunteers, as well. For more information, visit www.sandwichfd.org or call the nonemergency number at 815-786-9241.

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