Pequot Lakes Fire District warms up open house

Children ran an obstacle course and got hands-on practice in using a fire extinguisher

Fire extinguisher training
Firefighter Dalton Engholm guides Owen Lewis in using a fire extinguisher to put out a controlled fire during an Oct. 12, 2022, Pequot Lakes Fire District open house at the Pequot Lakes Fire Hall.
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PEQUOT LAKES — The Pequot Lakes Fire District hosted an open house Wednesday, Oct. 12, drawing in many young would be firefighters to the fire hall in Pequot Lakes.

Fire hose unrolling
Dawson DeLong did exceptionally well unrolling a fire hose during a skills obstacle course at the Oct. 12, 2022, Pequot Lakes Fire District open house.
Travis Grimler / Echo Journal

In addition to a light meal and bouncy house, there was a lot for kids to do at the event, including the opportunity for fire truck rides.

Inside the building, firefighters set up a skills obstacle course. Outside in the parking lot, people got to practice putting out a real fire with a fire extinguisher.

Dragging grassfire water bag
Leah Wendt drags a full water bladder used to put out grass fires during the skills obstacle course at the Oct. 12, 2022 Pequot Lakes Fire District open house.
Travis Grimler / Echo Journal

Participants in the fire extinguisher demonstration learned the fire district's acronym for operating an extinguisher, called PASS: pull the pin, aim at the base of the fire, squeeze the handle, sweep side to side.

Travis Grimler is a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal weekly newspaper in Pequot Lakes/Pine River. He may be reached at 218-855-5853 or

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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