FMB Fire Department Open House


The newest rolling equipment of the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department, Truck 33, the ladder truck with the highest reach in department history, was the center of attention Saturday morning as the Fire Department welcomed the community at an Open House at Station 33. It wasn’t hard to find the station on Lenell Road as the ladder was extended with a large platform reaching high above the station. The ladder truck is still being outfitted and staff trained and is expected to be ready for duty by the end of February.

Inside the crew cabin of a fire truck, from right, Hudson Heidbrink and Hayden Heidbrink, both of Farmington, Minnesota, discuss firefighting with Executive Assistant Fire Chief of Operations Scott Wirth.

Interactive demonstration stations around the station allowed attendees to try their hand at CPR, intubation and using a fire extinguisher. Firefighters also demonstrated donning their full fire gear and, of course, gave kids of all ages a tour of an ambulance and fire truck.

With over 80% of FMB calls being medical calls, EMS Division Chief Randy Kraus spoke about the number of EMS calls in 2019 and how the department’s response exceeds state and national averages. The Life Safety Division display included Deputy Fire Marshal Jennifer Campbell providing coloring books for the kids and other items for adults with fire prevention reminders.



Noah tries his hand at using a fire extinguisher.
FMB Firefighter Cunningham demonstrated donning his gear, then let kids touch the gear and listen to his voice through the mask. Photos by M. Layfield.