CLINTON—The Clinton and Camanche fire departments will be hosting their annual open houses tomorrow.

Activities at Clinton’s Central Fire Station, 344 Third Ave. South, are planned from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Clinton Kiwanis Club is sponsoring the event.

“It’s great that the Kiwanis do this every year,” said Clinton Fire Marshal Mike Brown. The open house will feature fire safety and survival training for children ages 3 to 8. Children can experience a fire inside a simulated burning house and learn how to get out safely.

“The biggest thing for them to realize is how smoky a fire is. Even though it’s fake smoke, it still gets to where you can’t see,” Brown said. He noted the simulator can be a good reminder for parents as well. Kids also can practice feeling a door to test for heat and climbing through a window to get out of a house. Parents can have digital identification cards made for their children. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Children can participate in the Children’s Bicycle Rodeo for students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade. The Bicycle Rodeo will take place in the Clinton Park parking lot, across Third Avenue South from the fire station. Kids are invited to ride their bike in the skill course and learn bike safety. While supplies last, children can get fitted and receive a free bicycle helmet.

Firefighting equipment and vehicles will be on display and station tours will be given. Members of the Clinton County DARE program will be on hand with information and families can learn about K-9 search and rescue dogs. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded.

“It will be a good day. Kids love the open house,” said Brown. “It should be a lot of fun. It’s a goodtime for everybody.”

Brown said that smoke detectors and nine volt batteries are available at the fire department. He stated that area residents who needs help installing a smoke detector can call the fire department for assistance.

“Just call us and we’ll do it. We’re at their service,” he said.

The Camanche Volunteer Fire Department, 917 Third St., will host its open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Activities will include fire truck rides, safety demonstrations, firefighting equipment and a car seat check sponsored by the Camanche Kiwanis Club.

Firefighters will perform a fire extinguisher demonstration every hour and attendees are invited to participate.Firefighters will help children practice how to “Stop, Drop and Roll,” and a wide variety of fire prevention information will be available.

Throughout the day, children can visit with Smokey the Bear, Freckles the Fire Dog and Sparky the Fire Dog, as well as the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department K-9 search and rescue dogs. A drawing will be held to give away childrens fire department T-shirts, childrens’ fire hats will be distributed and other door prizes will be handed out. Fire Prevention Coloring Contest winners’ entries will be on display at the fire station.

“It’s a good opportunity to come in and see what the fire department is all about, see the people that serve the community as firefighters,” said Camanche Fire Chief Dave Schutte. “We hope everyone will stop by and visit us.”