HOUGHTON - The Houghton Volunteer Fire Department will be celebrating its 150th anniversary today with an open house.
The open house will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Houghton Fire Hall on the corner of Sharon Avenue and Portage Street.
Firefighter Ron Olson said the open house was being held to commemorate the department's 150th year, and to coincide with with national Fire Prevention Week.
The Houghton Volunteer Fire Department will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Houghton Fire Hall, shown above, on the corner of Sharon Avenue and Portage Street. (Houghton Daily Mining Gazette photo by Michael Bleach)
"It gets them to see what we do, and they can look at the trucks and get a feel for the situation, and just make people more aware of what they should do in case of a fire," he said.
One attraction will be the "smoke room," which will simulate what firefighters experience in an emergency situations.
"we have a smoke-producing machine and what it does is it puts a harm-free smoke in the air, and we can bring the kids in and show them how the thermal imaging camera works," Olson said. "Then they can see what it looks like in a smoky environment, and see what we can see through the thermal imaging camera."
The department will also provide free safety information and "tot finders," signs to put in childen's bedroom windows so firefighters can rescue them quickly in a fire.
"They're more susceptible to smoke inhalation," Olson said.
There will also be kids' games and giveaways, as well as hot dogs and beverages.
As far as Olson can recall, it's the first such open house the department has had.
"It's a good time to get to see the firemen and see what's going on, and the kids can have some fun," he said.