Troy Fire Department holds open house

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published October 5, 2011


People can learn how to protect their families from fire in a fun, relaxed way during the annual Troy Fire Department open house.

“This is one of the greatest events we do all year,” Cindy Stewart, community affairs director for the city of Troy, said. “It’s extremely well-attended.”

“There are different things to do at each station,” she added.

Activities will include stop, drop and roll demonstrations; fire hose handling; vehicle extrication; fire extinguisher training; stove-top fire demonstrations at all of the stations; and ladder truck rides at stations 1, 2 and 3.

Sparky the firedog will make the rounds, and Alliance Mobile Health will have displays at each station. There will be refreshments and drawings for prizes at each station, as well.

A piece of the World Trade Center will be on display at Fire Station 6. The Troy Fire Department received the item in recognition of those Troy firefighters who worked at ground zero after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The longest lines during the event are for the ladder truck rides, Assistant Fire Chief Dave Roberts said.

The Troy Fire Department is largely volunteer, and career fire staff members conduct extensive fire inspections and prevention efforts, Roberts explained.

“We put a lot of effort into fire prevention and code enforcement,” he said. The volunteer firefighters train once a week for three hours, he said.

“As the city grew, so did the Fire Department,” Roberts noted. He said a comparable department of salaried firefighters would cost between $10 million and $15 million, while the Troy Fire Department is funded for less than $5 million.

“I encourage everyone to come out to meet the firefighters, see the equipment and learn about fire prevention,” Roberts said.

Troy Fire Chief Bill Nelson said the event is a chance to meet the firefighters and see firsthand the pride they take in the work they do.

The Troy Fire Department open house will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 9 at:

• Station 1, 1019 E. Big Beaver.

• Station 2, 5600 Livernois.

• Station 3, 2400 W. Big Beaver.

• Station 4, 2103 E. Maple.

• Station 5, 6399 John R.

• Station 6, 5901 Coolidge — parking will be limited, and there will be a free shuttle offered from Hamilton Elementary, on Northfield Parkway.

For additional information, call (248) 524-3419.