By Cynthia Germain
Brussels-Union-Gardner and Southern Door fire departments will be educating local children in various settings beginning October 8th through the 14th for Fire Prevention Week. Fire department personnel will be visiting area classrooms, kindergarten through 4th grade, and other local child care centers to teach them safety tips and fire prevention activities. Curt Vandertie, Fire Chief of Brussels-Union Gardner Fire Department, believes that bringing these teaching opportunities to young children is important to build relationships and help them better respond to fire personnel.
Vandertie is pleased to end the week with an open house at Station #2 at 3116 N. Stevenson Pier Road. This station recently had a building addition as well as improvements to vehicle exhaust systems, apparatus bays and specialty storage rooms. This is a result of several years of planning, and Vandertie is especially appreciative of the support received that led to these improvements for this station and looks forward to further engaging the community in the future.