Bloomington residents got to meet firefighters, police officers and Public Works staff at the annual fire station open houses, held in October in recognition of National Fire Prevention Week.
“There was great excitement at the fire stations seeing cool fire trucks, snow plows and police squads,” Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Laura McCarthy said. “Both firefighters and residents enjoyed participating in fun activities while adhering to the current COVID-19 guidelines.”
At all six fire stations, firefighters created a fun atmosphere and spoke about this year’s prevention theme: “Learn the Sounds of Safety.” They handed out t-shirts with that message printed on the front with Sparky the Fire Dog. They answered questions and provided handouts with information on smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. Also, residents and children watched drone demonstrations, learned how to properly use a fire extinguisher, tested their skills in an agility course and created art at a coloring station.