Open House scheduled for Camano Island Fire & Rescue on Sept. 9 (Posted 8/24/2017)

Camano Island Fire & Rescue invites the community to its annual Open House on Saturday, September 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Terry’s Corner Fire Station (525 E. North Camano Dr.). There will be loads of activities for kids and adults throughout the day, as well as free hot dogs, chips and beverages starting at 10:30 a.m.

“This is one way we have of thanking the community for their support throughout the year,” said Fire Chief Michael Schick. “It’s a great day out for families and a wonderful community event.”

The High School Cadet Academy members will provide several games and activities for children. Bring the kids to visit with firefighters and watch multiple demonstrations of firefighting equipment, skills and technical rescue. The very popular mini house with pretend flames will be available and ready for those junior firefighters who want to try out a fire hose. We are also expecting the department’s mascot, Sparky the Fire Dog, to make an appearance.

Several events are planned for adults, as well. Community members will be able to access information about fire prevention and disaster preparedness through the Camano Preparedness Group.

The Fire District’s popular Emergency Medical Information (EMI) kits will be available during the Open House free of charge. CIFR estimates that 3,000 kits have been distributed to island residents through a partnership with the Mabana Flames. EMI kits are used to store an individual’s health information in case of a medical emergency.

CIFR also will hold it’s 10-minute CPR training for attendees. Community members are encouraged to take 10 minutes out of their day to learn how to do adult compression, hands only CPR to save a life. Paramedics will be on hand to provide one-on-one instruction. In May, the Fire District trained almost 800 Camano Island residents in CPR over the course of a week.

“We’re more than fire and emergency medical service,” said Chief Schick. “We’re really an all hazards prevention and response agency. That’s what community members will witness at our Open House.”