Onalaska Fire Department hosts open house

An event ignited the curiosity of kids Saturday morning in Onalaska.

The city’s Fire Department hosted an open house and answered questions for area kids and their families.

Saturday marks the end of Fire Prevention Week, so the Fire Department wanted to educate kids about the danger of fires.

Besides fire prevention, families were able to learn about other ways to stay safe.

Kids were also able to see a MedLink helicopter.

Fire fighters say they’re surprised at how much young kids already know about fire safety.

“This week, educating the children, I was surprised at how much kindergartners know and when you get to the first graders and the second graders, they’ve got it. They really have the tools where they can help keep their families safe,” Troy Gudie, Onalaska’s assistant fire chief said. 

The department even allowed kids the chance to use a real fire hose.

Fire Prevention Week’s theme this year is replacing your smoke detectors every 10 years.