The Crookston Fire Department will hold its annual Open House at the Fire Station this Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

In the past, the Crookston Fire Department’s Open House was held in the fall, but they decided to have it in the spring this year. “The reason we changed it was this is an agricultural community, and everyone here knows that,” said Crookston Fire Chief Shane Heldstab. “All the guys that we have here serve their community by being firefighters also serve their community by helping these farmers get their crops in; last year, it became apparent we have a lot of firefighters who are also hauling sugar beets to the plant.” 

Kids and families attending the Open House will have the chance to participate in such things as:
-A Firemen Obstacle Course
-Spraying a real Firemen’s Hose
-Children’s Registration (Safe Kids)
-Using a Thermal Imaging Camera
-Bucket Rides in the Fire Department’s Ladder Truck
-Trying on Fire Fighters Gear
-Signing up for Door Prizes
-Signing up for Smoke Detector Inspection

According to Fire Chief Shane Heldstab, another demonstration will be a Kitchen Safety Demonstration (only held at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.). “We want to teach that one of the leading causes of fires is cooking,” said Crookston Fire Chief Shane Heldstab. So every year, we want to ensure kitchen safety in front of these kids.”

Informational packets will be available at the open house. “I know it might be a short read. Still, within that short read, there might be some information you didn’t know,” Heldstab explains. It’s an open house. We want you to see everything that we have and that we provide for Crookston and the surrounding community. We also want to ensure we send you some information for safety reasons.”