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In celebration of Fire Prevention Week, the Alexandria Fire Department will hold its annual open house on Monday, October 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the fire hall.

Cookies, coffee and juice will be served. There will be demonstrations and cash door prizes given away. A drawing will be held the night of the open house. Winners will be notified and need not be present to win.

A $20 donation per household is requested.

For information on Fire Prevention Week, visit the website

Facts about the Alexandria Fire


• A volunteer fire department operates at approximately 1/6 the cost of a paid fire department.

• When a fire call is received it takes less than three minutes to have fire trucks on their way. On average, 25 firefighters report to the station and leave their jobs and businesses to help.

• Firefighters have 38 drills per year plus weekend training.

• Firefighters have first aid and emergency care training, in addition to having about half the department devote 110 extra hours becoming registered emergency medical technicians.

• Alexandria has a Class 4 fire insurance rating and a Class A rural farmstead rating as a result of quick response, training and equipment.

• The Alexandria Fire Department answers an average of 200 calls per year. This, plus training, schools and meetings takes about 12,000 volunteer man hours. They also respond with the most modern equipment available. The department carries about 5,800 gallons of water to rural fire calls.

• The fire department promotes fire prevention in the schools and the community.