| Knoxville Fire Department turns 120
August 29, 2005 - To celebrate its 120th
anniversary, the Knoxville Fire Department is hosting a celebration
and exposition at Boomsday and Open Houses at its fire stations.
On exhibit at Boomsday, the Sept. 4 celebration at Volunteer Landing,
will be the City's newest fire engine and two antique fire engines.
Children will have the opportunity to see how fast they can "turnout"
when an alarm sounds as they lie in bed and they have to scramble
to don real firefighter's protective clothing in as fast a time as
possible. They will receive a certificate with their time recorded.
Fire Safety House will feature education about combustible materials
and fire hazards in the home, and visitors will be able to experience
finding their way to safety in a smoke-filled room. Information will
also be available on the Smoke Alarm Program, which provides free
smoke alarms and batteries to those who cannot afford them.
Information will also be available on the East Tennessee Firefighters
Museum, which seeks to preserve and present the heritage of firefighters
and Fire Departments from the East Tennessee region. Tax-deductible
donations will be accepted.
Also, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 7 and running through Friday, Oct.
14 each fire station will host an open house for the community. Click
here for the date of the fire station and the open house date.
Hours at each will be 5 to 9 p.m.
The Knoxville Fire Department traces its roots to 1885 when it evolved
from a volunteer department to one staffed full-time with paid firefighters.
The department has grown over that time from seven firefighters to
more than 300 firefighters who meet the fire, emergency medical, rescue,
and hazardous materials needs for the City of Knoxville residents
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