GRFD Highlighting Safety At Fire Expo

May 15, 2019

GRFD hosts fire expo
Credit City of Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Fire Department wants residents to come out for its first ever “Fire Expo” this Saturday.  They’re teaming up with the Children’s Museum.  The event is being held at the LaGrave Fire Station.

“We really want them to have in their head they can respond to an emergency without panicking and that they understand basic steps that keep a situation from getting worse in an emergency situation.”

That’s Grand Rapids Fire Department Deputy Chief, Ron Tennant.  He says their upcoming Fire Expo will hopefully arm local residents with information and tools they need in the event of a fire or emergency. 

“To kinda show what we do, how we do it. Open up our facilities here at La Grave and hopefully share some safety tips that can make a difference.”

Deputy Chief Tennant says they’re teaming up with the Children’s Museum at the La Grave station from 11 to 4 pm Saturday.  He says they’ll also have a big display that highlights how firefighting changes over time.

“We’ll have equipment on display, some of our specialized equipment, water rescue equipment. We will have an historic fire engine on display and so people can see how our industry changes and evolves over a course of time.”

Tennant says they’ll also have live demonstrations coupled with important information for residents of all ages.

“We would share what to do if a smoke detector goes off in your house.  How to call 911, what you need to know to tell them and general fire safety, like don’t play with matches and items along those lines.”

Again, the Fire Expo is Saturday from 11 to 4 at the GRFD Headquarters, 38 LaGrave Avenue.