For the first time since 2019, the Steinbach Fire Department is holding an open house.
Fire Chief Kel Toews says the hall will be open to the community from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. this Tuesday.
“We will have the fire safety trailer there again so the kids can go through and get a bit of education there. We will be selling hotdogs and drinks for $3 with the proceeds going to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Sparky will, of course, be there walking around and saying hello to the kids. For the adults, if you have ever thought of possibly becoming a firefighter, we will have a table set up where you can ask whatever questions you have about joining the department.”
Toews says his firefighters really enjoy hosting the community and the real highlight is seeing the kids' excitement.
“The look on the kids' faces, seeing the pure joy of getting into a fire truck, every kid wants to be in a fire truck and sit in the front seat. We are seeing people who came as kids who are now bringing their kids so seeing the next generation come through, it is good to see that everybody is excited about a fire hall and a fire truck.
This open house is being planned in the lead-up to Fire Prevention Week which is October 9th through 15th. Toews says the theme this year is “fire won’t wait, plan your escape.”
“We're focusing on stuff like checking the batteries in your fire alarm and how do you work a fire extinguisher. The big one that we are pushing this year is planning your escape, where does the family meet if there is a fire? You don’t just scatter around the house and go your own direction, you have got to have a meeting space. Stuff like that is important to know.”
Toews says he hopes to see your family at the fire hall Tuesday evening.