Kids have a ball at Shoreline Fire Open House

Monday, September 23, 2019

On the agility course

By Diane Hettrick
Photos by Steven H. Robinson

The adults probably had a good time, too, but it was the little ones who really had fun at the Shoreline Fire open house on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

A mannikin in need of saving

They got to be apprentice firefighters, and participate in an agility course and Combat Challenge.

We can do it!

They got dressed in the kids' gear, then shouldered a 50’ hose bundle and carried it approximately 20’, performed a dummy drag 10' (hose dummy of a 50’ length), performed a mallet strike for a distance of 5’, charged hose drag for 10’, and put out a “fire” (cone) while spraying water. 

They all made it to the end of the course

The kids combat challenge is actually a mini version of a normal fire Agility Course. 

Best of all was putting out the fire - with a kid sized hose and some adult help.

Agility course

The concrete pieces are a collection the fire department has had for years. Firefighters use them to practice lifting/rescuing in case of disasters. They arranged them to make an agility course for the junior firefighters.

Taking care of an accident victim

There were demonstrations extricating victims from crunched vehicles, responding to a person with medical issues and putting them on a stretcher and into the Medic van.

Shiny red fire trucks

Of course there were big, red fire trucks. 

And hot dogs!

The Open House was held at the Headquarters / Training station at N 175th St and Aurora Ave N.


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