Nisswa kindergartners board fire trucks for annual trip to the fire hall

Fire safety lessons usually take place in the fall, but kindergartners got their ride on the fire trucks

Nisswa firefighter Nate Peters shows Nisswa Elementary School kindergartners all the gear firefighters must put on before they can safely fight a fire during a lesson Wednesday, May 5, at the fire hall. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal

Those who heard sirens screaming in downtown Nisswa on Wednesday morning, May 5, needn't have been alarmed.

Fire trucks were carrying Nisswa Elementary School kindergartners to the fire hall for an annual fire safety lesson and then back to the school.

The annual kindergarten trip to the fire hall aboard city fire trucks usually takes place in the fall during National Fire Prevention month in October. It was delayed this school year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Firefighters showed students the trucks and equipment while the energetic students peppered them with questions.


Nisswa firefighter Nate Peters shows Nisswa Elementary School kindergartners equipment on a fire truck during a visit to the fire hall Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Nancy Vogt / Echo Journal

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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