Windham Fire Department Open House

October 17, 2014

From Blazing Fires to Hot Chili

by AJ Dickinson

It is that time of year to raise awareness about fire danger and to remind people to change the batteries in their smoke detectors.  As a way to kick off Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12, the Windham Fire Department held their annual open house on Saturday, the 4th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Since moving into the new fire department in 2000, the Fire Prevention Week Open House has grown bigger and better every year.  Of the many fun activities planned, such as the vehicle fire demonstration that excitingly ignited the audience’s imagination and much-anticipated Chili Cook Off, kids and parents alike could be seen learning about the life-saving equipment.   Besides the equipment from Windham Fire Department, other interesting tools of the trade were provided by Salem who brought their fire prevention smoke trailer and courtesy of Manchester Fire Department whose arson dog won the hearts of many in attendance.

By being able to speak with the public, these brave firefighters can inform citizens how to react when a fire happens.  To most adults it is instinct to try and put the flames out, but WFD strongly advises all occupants to immediately evacuate.  As for the youngsters, who often hide out fear, they are given the same advice.  Seeing the firefighters put on their gear can transform them into unidentified figures to be feared in the eyes of many children, so it is important that they learn not to be afraid of uniformed firefighters who may be looking for them during a fire.

Although it was an overcast day, the rain held off leaving attendants dry, informed, and feeling full from the 11 types of delicious hot chili prepared for the cook-off.