Photos, food, and fire demonstrations at Lansing Fire Department’s 100-year open house

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Text, photos, and videos by Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (October 17, 2022) – The Lansing Fire Department is 100 years old this year, and celebrated its birthday and the end of Fire Prevention Week 2022 by hosting an open house for the community on Saturday, October 15. LFD recognized retired firefighters, hosted demonstrations, and opened its firehouse and firetrucks to the public at 19300 Burnham Avenue. Photos and videos from the the event, which ran from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., are included below.

Lansing Fire Department open house

Attendees had the chance to take photos in the Lansing Fire Department’s trucks.
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Derrick Manson Jr. is a first grader at Nathan Hale Elementary and was one of the proud winners of a coloring contest, earning him a prize from the fire department.
Kimberly Flores (front, right) won another one of the LFD’s coloring contests and also earned a prize. She her family made a stop at the face-painting station inside the firehouse.

From left: Amjad Abdeljaber (left), and Balqees Alqam brought Majid, a Lester Crawl student, to meet firefighters and see fire trucks at the LFD open house. Though Majid is committed to being a dinosaur for Halloween this year, they hope he might consider being a firefighter in the future.
The Lansing Fire Department is celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2022.
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Firefighters were on hand to take photos with residents and helped with multiple demonstrations.
Lansing Fire
Firefighters demonstrated an extraction procedure using tools to cut through a “wrecked” car and removing the doors and roof.

The demonstration below illustrated the importance of a functioning sprinkler system in a house fire. LFD set up two “bedrooms,” one with sprinklers and one without. The two demonstrations are side-by-side in the video below for effect:

A young attendee of the LFD open house answers a trivia question after spinning the wheel.
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Siblings Jasmine (left) and Mason Arnold got a photo in the firetruck.
Bud Eidam climbed into a firetruck for a photo on Saturday afternoon.
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Human Relations Commissioners Valerie McDaniels (right) and Bobby Wright were present at the open house to chat with residents.

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