We closed out a very busy 2021 Missouri State Fair with the car races on Sunday evening. We planned and completed several public demonstrations during the fair in front of the firehouse and grandstands again. The Fair opened on Thursday, August 12 with hot weather, go figure, rain and lightning canceled the opening day parade and concert after a 2-hour rain delay. We always expect one storm during the fair and opening day was it this year.
We gave apparatus tours daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and many nights longer as staffing allowed. That is one of the highlights for many of the younger fair attendees as a big firetruck is impressive. The 1929 firetruck is a fan favorite as well and a hand crank Q siren was added this year and the kids loved being able to run a siren and ring the bell. The remote control fire truck Patches and Pumper is always a favorite in front of the firehouse. Smokey the Bear and Sparky the Fire Pup are always a big hit and they both made their appearances daily during the fair. We have a wooden cut out of a firefighter for photo ops and this continues to be a big draw for kids and adults alike.
We used the car fire training prop on Friday at the firehouse in front of a large crowd to show how we fight vehicle fires and stress the importance of moving over to give us room and slow down so we can return home safely to our station and families. Saturday we had the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office assist with the sprinkler demonstration trailer in front of the grandstands and again the last Thursday of the fair in front of the firehouse. Eric Hartman and I gave the program about sprinklers, smoke detectors, and the difference in how the fire progresses without sprinklers was evident to all watching. We did the Facebook live on our page (Missouri State Fair Fire Department) for these and several other events. State Fire Marshal Tim Bean and his staff had a booth next to the firehouse to assist in promoting fire education and safety again for the fair this year. Continue Reading →