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The Pocatello Fire Department is inviting the public to learn more about the department and help honor a local man who lost his life to a fire.
Saturday, August 13 from noon to 5 p.m., the department will be hosting its annual open house at Station #3, located at 1100 Pocatello Creek Road. As part of the event, firefighters will posthumously honor Tyvan Schmitt with the Citizens Life Saving Award. Schmitt had finished fueling his boat at a gas station on Pocatello Creek Road when it caught fire. He suffered burns to much of his body and despite the severity of his injuries, was able to enter his truck and tow the burning boat away from the fuel pumps. Schmitt later succumbed to his injuries.
“Mr. Schmitt’s selfless actions prevented the situation from becoming much, much worse,” said Kim Stouse, Community Relations/Education Specialist. “By moving the boat, he was able to prevent more damage to the structure and possibly prevented someone else from getting injured because of the fire.”
The award will be accepted by members of Schmitt’s family and is scheduled to be presented at 2:30 p.m.
Also during the open house, department personnel will be on hand for demonstrations of vehicle extrication and CPR, as well as to answer questions about fire prevention, smoke alarms, and other fire safety issues.
“This is a great opportunity for everyone to learn about the many services the fire department provides beyond just fire suppression,” Stouse said. “Members of the Pocatello Fire Department are also part of the Idaho Technical Rescue Team, the Hazardous Materials Response Team, and provide emergency medical care.”
Residents will also be given the chance to tour the station and see the fire trucks up close. Children will be allowed to dress up as a firefighter and even man a fire hose. The department, along with Bannock County Ambulance District, also plans to showcase the area’s emergency medical services.
For more information about the open house, call 234-6201. You can also learn more about the Pocatello Fire Department at pocatello.us/fire.
Public areas of Fire Station #3 are accessible to persons with disabilities. Program access accommodations may be provided with three (3) days’ advance notice by contacting Dave Hunt at firstname.lastname@example.org; 208.234.6248 or 5815 South 5th Avenue, Pocatello, ID.