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M/PIFCD holds open house

October 24, 2018
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

The Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Department held its fifth annual Open House Saturday. Well over 200 people attended.

"I'm really excited at the turnout this year," Chief Ben Mickuleit said. "This is our fifth year and we have more people today than we've ever had before."

In addition to the pumpkin patch, there were events all day for the kids, starting with the live smoke trailer where kids learned the very valuable lesson of what to do in case of a fire. There were fire truck demos and helicopter demos with Mosquito Control and Lee County EMS, plus fire truck rides.

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The Matlacha/Pine Island Fire Control District CERT team consist of, from left, Karen Titolo, Steve Petersen, Bill Reasoner and Judy Knez.


The Pine Island CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) team was present. CERT members volunteer and are part of the disaster preparedness team who respond in the event of a disaster.

"The highlight is the live vehicle extrication held at noon," Mickuleit said. "This shows both adults and children what's involved in extricating people from an automobile accident. They start with flattening the tires, then break all of the glass. Then we get to demonstrate our new extrication equipment."

The kids were allowed to dress like a fireman by trying on some of the gear firefighters wear and also spray a real fire hose. "I'm sure we have some future firefighters here today," Mickuleit said.

Lunch was served all day with dessert.



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