This future firefighter learns how to use a fire hose to battle a blaze. (Photos by Steve Neuhaus)

This future firefighter learns how to use a fire hose to battle a blaze. (Photos by Steve Neuhaus)

Orland Fire District showcases emergency response services at Open House

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Firefighter divers demonstrate how to enter the water on a call.

The Orland Fire Protection District hosted its annual Open House last week, featuring an assortment of demonstrations of emergency response scenarios.

The Open House was held at the OFPD Training Center, 10728 W. 163rd Place.

This year’s Open House was held in the evening on Thursday, July 13, to allow residents who could not attend past weekend events to enjoy the Open House, which attracted more than 250 people who learned about what the district’s firefighters/paramedics do to save lives and property.

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A comfort dog from Healing Hearts who enjoyed the attention from everyone who attended the open house.

Demonstrations included: a Hazmat Team response scenario; a Car Fire and Car Extraction scenario; Dive Team responses to water related emergencies at district ponds; how firefighters use ropes to rescue individuals from the upper floors of buildings; and a demonstration of the OFPD Cardiac Arrest/CPR response.

The Open House also offered special activities and programs for children including letting the children experience the firefighters Emergency Response Pole, trying on and inspecting firefighter gear, meet the comfort dogs, participate in a Show and Tell program, and inspect close up all of the fire district’s trucks and vehicles.

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire Orland Fire Protection District, I would like to welcome everyone to our Open House this evening. We have many demonstrations of what we do as firefighter / paramedics and why our district is the best,” said Fire Chief Michael Schofield.

“Our firefighters / paramedics are well trained. We are proud to say we are the best in the region. And, we have the only regional training center around here. We are very proud of what we have here. We have invested a lot of time and money. You can see that when you call our firefighters / paramedics out. Whether they are responding to an ambulance call, a car accident, a house fire or a rescue, there is nobody better trained than the members of the Orland Fire Protection District.”

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Orland firefighters (above) show how they attack a burning building. Below right, smoke billows out of the building after firefighters knock down a practice fire at the Open House.

 

 

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