The Clawson Fire Department will host its annual open house from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14.

The Clawson Fire Department will host its annual open house from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14.

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Clawson Fire Department to hold annual open house

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published October 2, 2018

CLAWSON — Trucks, tours and treats.

The Clawson Fire Department will cap off Fire Prevention Week Oct. 7-13 with its annual open house from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at 111 Gardner Ave., near East 14 Mile Road and Main Street.

Clawson Fire Chief Troy Engel said the Fire Department will open its doors to the public to give residents a better idea of how the department works.

“We’ll have a bounce house and cider and doughnuts and all of the firefighters,” Engel said. “We’ll pull the trucks out of the bays, and we generally do a vehicle extrication demonstration.”

He said firefighters usually conduct a live burning demonstration in which they set up a stove with propane and show attendees how to extinguish a grease fire.

“We pass out materials, and sometimes we have goodies to give away,” he said. “We just open up the doors and answer anyone’s questions.”

He said the volunteer force is made up of 24 members who carry pagers to know when to respond.

“(The turnout) depends on the weather,” Engel said. “If the weather is nice, we get a big turnout — 200. If the weather is not nice, we get 75-100.”

During the week leading up to the open house, he said, firefighters go into Clawson schools to give approximately 45-minute presentations about fire safety and to invite students and their families to the event.

“We practice how to get out of a room, how to get out of a window, how to check a door for heat. We talk about a special meeting place,” he said. “Smoking used to be a big thing, but now hardly anyone smokes.”

He said firefighters also discuss preventative measures with students.

“Please stop by and see all the great equipment that our city Fire Department has to use to help keep you safe,” Clawson Mayor Deborah Wooley said.

For more information, call (248) 435-4500.