PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Yesterday brought the annual Pierre Fire Department Open House to fire stations throughout town. The events were held as part of this week’s National Fire Prevention Week. The most recent addition to the Pierre Fire Department helped kick off the week. “Flash” is the new official mascot of the Pierre Fire Department and he toured fire stations around town throughout the afternoon. Deputy Chief Ian Paul says local youngsters suggested more than 100 names for the new mascot and “Flash” fits perfectly. Yesterday, Flash rode from station to station on board the PFD’s fully restored 1923 Stoughton, which is the first motorized fire truck used in the City of Pierre. Dale Hartmann, Retired Captain of Engine Company 2 joined Flash on his visits. Hartmann was the driving force behind getting the Stoughton restored. He worked on the project on his own time and often using his own money-starting in 1973.
Tomorrow, the Pierre Fire Department will conduct visits to local schools. Plans call for the department members to begin the day with a stop at Jefferson School, followed by Washington and St. Joseph’s. After lunch, firefighters will visit Buchanan, McKinley and the Pierre Indian Learning Center.
Over the coming weekend, there will be a service at the Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial along Capitol Lake. The service is held to honor all firefighters that have died in the line of duty. The 2012 Memorial Service will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
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