lly night as the sirens on fire trucks became louder in the background.
In just under a minute, there was a hiss as smoke and steam poured out of the room. A sprinkling system had just extinguished the fire.
Nearby, the fire in another room continued to grow, with the fire flashing over until firefighters doused it with water from their hoses.
And that shows the difference in what happens when one building is equipped with a sprinkling system and another building is not, Spring Lake Township Fire Department Lt. Brian Sipe told the crowd attending the department’s Fire Prevention Week open house Monday night.
The burning demonstration was the culmination of the department’s open house — which was attended by almost 1,000 people, said Lt. Scott Smith, the organizer of the event.
“It was a huge success, even after having to switch it from Thursday to Monday because of the weather,” Smith said. “It’s our signature event of the year. It caps off Fire Prevention Week.”
Families attending the open house were able to go on fire truck rides and visit a number of exhibits, which included a fire safety drill house from Grand Haven Township and the new marine patrol/fire boat from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.
Crockery Township firefighters assisted because they did not have their own open house this year.
Norton Shores Canteen was also on-site this year, preparing more than 800 hot dogs to feed the hungry crowd.
A new group helping out this year was Boy Scout Troop 3 from Spring Lake, Smith said.
“In years past, our two main complaints were problems parking and that fire truck ride lines were too long,” Smith said.
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