Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical demos trucks, hoses and more at open house

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Despite Saturday’s rain, community members — including some potential future firefighters — showed up to see Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical personnel demonstrate how equipment works and more.

Those in attendance got to see inside fire trucks, watch how extrication works, learn the basics of how to give CPR, try their hand with a fire hose and much more.


The open house was held at LDCFM’s Training Center, 1941 Haskell Ave.

Among the most excited attendees was young Ash Miller, who enjoys watching firefighting training videos.

Molly Adams/Lawrence Times Ash Miller gets a high-five from one of his Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical heroes during the LDCFM open house.
Molly Adams/Lawrence Times

A peek inside the smoke house and training tower

LDCFM’s smoke house, in an RV on training grounds, allows firefighters to simulate smoky conditions and train to climb out windows.

The training tower allows firefighters to practice a range of skills and tactics, such as live burn training, rope rescues and more.

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Molly Adams (she/her), photojournalist and news operations coordinator for The Lawrence Times, can be reached at molly (at) lawrencekstimes (dot) com. Check out more of her work for the Times here. Check out her staff bio here.

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