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Crowd delighted by Aero Med chopper's visit to open house

Becky Vargo • Oct 10, 2018 at 12:00 PM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — The landing of the Aero Med helicopter delighted the crowd at Grand Haven Township’s Fire Prevention Week open house Tuesday evening, despite blowing off several junior firefighters’ helmets in the process.

This is the first time the medical helicopter has made an appearance in several years, and its visit was a short one, according to Lt. Matt Schweitzer.

The helicopter diverted for a call just prior to appearing at the open house. A short time later, it had to leave for another run.

Children kept busy learning how to shoot fire extinguishers and handle a fire hose, learn CPR, work their way through a smokehouse, and try on firefighters’ gear. There was also an inflatable slide and train rides, and children had the opportunity to sit in fire trucks and explore an ambulance.

Shields of Hope conducted a fundraiser dunk tank at the scene.

The last area Fire Prevention Week open house is Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.

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