Bellingham fire stations to host open houses Saturday


Bellingham fire station

A pedestrian passes by the Indian Street Fire Station on Sept. 29. 2006, one of the few stations in the city to house all four fire department apparatus: left to right, a rescue truck, ladder truck, ambulance unit and fire engine.


BELLINGHAM - Fire stations across the city will roll up the bay doors, show off the fire engines, offer tours and talk about fire safety during open houses Saturday, Oct. 12.

Barring emergency calls, firefighters will be on hand from 1 to 5 p.m. for the informal neighborhood event, linked to National Fire Prevention Week.

"We're hoping people will walk down and see the firehouse, meet the firefighters and say hi," said Assistant Chief Bill Newbold in a press release.

If firefighters are out on a call, they usually are back within an hour, so people might want to come back later, Newbold said.

Each station has an ambulance and a fire engine. Some have special equipment listed below.

Station 1, 1800 Broadway near Dupont Street, command vehicles for supervisory officers.

Station 2, 1590 Harris Ave. at 16th Street, aerial ladder truck.

Station 3, 1111 Indian St. near Chestnut Street.

Station 4, 2306 Yew St. near Alabama Street.

Station 5, 3314 Northwest Ave.

Station 6, 4060 Deemer Road near Bakerview Road, aerial ladder truck.

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