There will be treats, games and more at the fire station this Saturday as the Lowell Area Fire Department holds its annual Fire Prevention Open House in conjunction with a trunk-or-treat event.
The fun takes place between 6-9pm on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at 315 S. Hudson Street in Lowell, and you don’t need to have children to attend. In addition to kids’ activities, visitors can sign up for free carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, order reflective address markers and have their car seats checked for proper installation.
Combining Two Popular Activities
Fire Chief Shannon Witherell credits former Chief Reed as starting the tradition of an annual open house at the station approximately 15 years ago. The event has long provided an opportunity for community members to see the fire department up close and meet the men and women who serve as firefighters.
Last year, the Lowell Area Fire Department tried something new with a drive-through trunk-or-treat event which was held at the fairgrounds. “It was such a big success last year, we decided to combine the two,” Witherell says.
Firefighter Brenda Herron gets credit for organizing the event, and Witherell says she secured sponsors from the community to ensure no department money or taxpayer dollars are being used.
In total, approximately 25,000 pieces of candy were purchased to create 5,000 goodie bags which will be given away free to participants. Herron has also made sure there are non-candy bags available for children who may have food sensitivities. There are 120 of these bags available.
Open House/Trunk-or-Treat Events
Here’s a look at the activities that will be occurring at the fire station on Saturday night.
- Candy distribution at various stations.
- Donut holes and cider.
- Games, including a scavenger hunt.
- Smoke trailer.
- Sign-ups for free carbon monoxide and smoke detector installation.
- Green reflective address markers, which can be ordered for $15, a price that hasn’t increased since 1998.
- Car seat safety checks.
- Installation of bike flags.
- Fire truck rides.
It will be all-hands on deck as all staff is expected to be there to ensure the event runs smoothly.
Visitors should use the fire station entrance on Hudson Street, but firefighters may direct traffic to the fairgrounds for parking. Handicap parking is available in front of the station.
The event runs from 6pm-9pm on Saturday, October 30, 2021.