CLINTON — The Camanche Police and Fire departments will host an open house this weekend.

The Camanche Police Department on Saturday will join the Camanche Fire Department in hosting an open house. The Camanche Fire Department is in its 49th year of putting on the event. The open houses for the Camanche Police Department and Camanche Fire Department will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“The open house is done annually by the fire department,” Camanche Police Chief Colin Reid said. “(Camanche Fire) Chief Dave Schutte asked us if we wanted to be involved and I thought it was a good idea.”

The open house will allow citizens to see the equipment used by both the Camanche Police Department and Clinton Fire Department. Reid said there also will be an opportunity to see upgrades made by the Camanche Police Department. They also will be able to speak with officers and receive a tour of the building.

“This is another way for us to reach members of the community,” Reid said. “It’s a chance for us to get to know members of the community and show them the resources available to them. It will also give me a chance to get to know members of the community.”

The Camanche Fire Department is putting on its 49th annual open house as a part of fire prevention week. The open house for the fire department will be held at the Central Station, 720 Ninth Ave., Camanche. The event is open to the public. There will be fire truck rides, a Med-Force helicopter, fire safety house demonstrations, an Alliant Energy demonstration, Red Cross, Emergency Management, stop drop and roll, carbon monoxide safety and education material.

Members from the emergency K-9 operations search and rescue group will be present with their dogs to answer questions. The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department D.A.R.E. program will be available for ID’s for children. Camanche Kiwanis will have a car seat check-up station, too. There also will be displays of fire department equipment, fire department history, fire department toys and the fire department’s patch collection.

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