Nisswa Fire Department hosts annual open house, visits Nisswa School

Kids were able to operate a fire hose and even use a fire extinguisher at the open house

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Blake Kuhn, 3, tries out the fire hose with the help of Nisswa firefighter Luke Waln at the fire department's annual open house Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022.
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Nisswa firefighter Ed Carlson helps Nadia Troop extinguish a controlled fire during the Nisswa Fire Department open house on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022.
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Nisswa firefighter Ed Carlson shows how a grease fire can spread when water is thrown on it at the fire department open house on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022.
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NISSWA — Residents and families received a look into life as a firefighter during the Nisswa Fire Department's annual open house Tuesday, Oct. 11, during Fire Prevention Week.

Kids in attendance had the opportunity to inspect the fire department’s vehicles and equipment, operate a fire hose and even extinguish a controlled fire at the event.

Firefighters and department staff were on hand to answer questions about the work, serve hot dogs and put on demonstrations, including showing the dangers of trying to extinguish a grease fire with water.

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Nisswa firefighters walked through students seated in the elementary school gym giving high fives and showing how they look and sound in full firefighting gear Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022.
Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal

Earlier that day, Nisswa firefighters drove trucks to Nisswa Elementary School to spray the building as students watched outside.

They then went in the gym to show students how they look in full gear, and Assistant Fire Chief Joe Hall shared a fire safety message.


Fire trucks traveled back to the fire hall with sirens screaming, lights flashing and kindergartners on board, which is an annual trek. At the fire hall the students received red plastic fire hats and a tour of the fire hall and equipment.

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Ryan, a kindergartner in Anna Carbajal's class at Nisswa Elementary School, is all smiles as he gets a front-seat ride in a Nisswa fire truck Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022.
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