Big crowd attends Larned Fire Department open house

By Mark Zwink
Larned’s Tiller & Toiler – October 15, 2013
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – October 29, 2013

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Whether it is the old or the young there is something about the charm of going to the local fire station.

That was the case late Saturday morning as the Larned Volunteer Fire Department showed off its polished self for one and all during their open house during a brilliant sunshine splashed fall day.

While the firemen offered up free hot dogs, beans, chips and drink, it seemed everyone–no matter the age–were interested in viewing the Larned Fire Department’s fleet of fire engines. Most of the wide-eyed youngsters, in tow with mom and dad, also had a chance to sit in the front seat of the department’s oldest fire engine which was parked in front of the station.

With local citizens quizzing Bill Clapham, Larned Fire Chief, and other firemen/woman about the station’s fire engines, Clapham was also busy setting up tours inside the fire station of a ‘smoke house’. The house, led in tours by firemen, offered youth and adults advice on how to navigate a ‘smoke filled room.’

The Larned/Pawnee County Fire Department is made up of around 20 all volunteers staff. The firemen/woman meets three times each month to conduct business, school and work nights.

October is National Fire Prevention Month. The Larned Fire Department use the month to visit all USD 495 schools and acquaint the students about fire safety.

The month of October also ushers in colder weather. The fire department urges all residents to now check your floor furnaces, fireplaces, your chimneys and the batteries in all of your smoke detectors.

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