Fire Station Open Houses

Boy in gearFire Department Offers Five Nights of Open Houses

Now there’s even more for families to enjoy when the Washington Township Fire Department presents its October open houses in honor of National Fire Prevention Week.

Every night, firefighters will present a brief demonstration -- from climbing the 105-foot ladder truck at Station 41 to setting up a ladder and entering a window with smoke billowing at Station 43. The demos are featured during five nights of open houses from 5 to 7 pm October 7-11. Each open house takes place at a different station and highlights the distinctive apparatus and equipment located there.

“The demonstrations showcase the type of training that firefighters undertake to keep our community safe,” said Chief Scott Kujawa. “By offering an open house at different fire stations, we’re showing how each station supports a different aspect of emergency response.”

All open houses offer the opportunity for residents to tour the station, see apparatus up close, and talk to firefighters about the fire department, home safety and fire prevention -- including how to establish a home fire escape plan. All open houses include a popcorn Ladder truckmachine, cookies and punch, and activities for kids that include climbing into fire engines and medic units, trying on firefighter gear, meeting Sparky the fire dog, and using a real fire hose

Fire Station Open Houses – Plan Your Visit

Choose one open house to attend, or all five. Open houses take place 5 to 7 pm October 7-11. Check here for nightly locations and a partial list of specialty equipment on display:

  • Monday – See the township’s ladder truck extend to its full 105-foot height at Station 41, 163 Maple Ave.
  • Tuesday – Explore a fire engine, medic unit and water rescue equipment at Station 42, 45 W. Whipp Rd. Includes a fire extinguisher demonstration.
  • Wednesday – Tour the training towner where firefighters practice fighting fires, conduct low visibility searches, practice pumping sprinkler systems, and much more at Station 43, 10499 Dayton-Lebanon Pike.
  • Thursday – See equipment that shows how foam is used to fight fires at Station 44, 6680 Centerville-Business Pkwy. Includes a fire extinguisher demonstration.
  • Friday – View heavy rescue equipment at Station 45, 8328 McEwen Rd., and learn about activities at the adjoining training center and fire headquarters.

Firefighter with boyDinner with a Firefighter

Kids, have you ever wanted to hang out with firefighters and eat firehouse food?

The lucky young person who wins the fire prevention week raffle will have the chance to do exactly that! Firefighters will cook dinner for the raffle winner and parents at Station 44 where several menu options are available. The winner can even choose to have a personal meet and greet with Sparky the Fire Dog.

To enter, kids should have their attendance cards punched at all five open houses and then submit their card on the final open house night. Can’t attend all five nights? Those who show their attendance card three or more nights will get a free Junior Firefighter T-shirt. Punch cards are available at every open house.