All of CFD’s stations will be open to the public and special events and programs are being planned at each location.
CFD Chief Steve Haun said the idea came from a conference he attended in Atlanta.
“We found out all people like fire departments but they may not know exactly what all we do, or want to learn more about us and the equipment we utilize. We wanted to open an opportunity for the community to see what we do and how we work,” Haun said.
“This is the first time we have ever held an open house at all of the stations at one time. We give group tours on occasion and think this will be a way the residents of Cleveland can get to know us better,” he added.
Haun said tours and question-and-answer sessions will be a part of the schedule.
“We will also be providing smoke alarms to those who need one and demonstrations of some of the things we do will also be incorporated throughout the day. Our stations are open to the taxpayers all of the time but we want to make this a special day of appreciation and have area residents to come by and get to know us,” Haun added.
Haun said Tennessee had the second-highest number of fire deaths in the nation in 2011, and his department wants to help change that through education and public awareness.
Interactive events include:
Station 1 — Located at 555 South Ocoee St. — Hose and physical agility.
Station 2— Located at 505 Paul Huff Parkway, behind Bradley County Emergency Medical Service Station 1 — Extinguisher training.
Station 3 — Located at 2000 APD 40 — Hose lines.
Station 4 — Located at 2850 Keith St. — Extrication demonstrations.
Station 5 — Located at 2595 Freewill Road — Smoke house demonstrations.