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October 4, 2013

Fire Department to host open house Saturday

NORTH ANDOVER — The North Andover Fire Department will provide people with the opportunity to learn – or relearn – cardiopulmonary resuscitation at its annual open house at the central station, 124 Main St., from 9 a.m. to noon on tomorrow.

Fire Lt. William McCarthy said “sidewalk CPR” will be offered in front of the station.

Those interested will be able to qualify for CPR certification in a few minutes, McCarthy said. Since just about every North Andover firefighter is at least an EMT, if not a paramedic, you’ll be learning from someone who has dealt with countless medical emergencies.

Besides CPR instruction, a demonstration of the Jaws of Life, the tool that firefighters use to extricate victims from wrecked cars, will be offered.

The fire safety house, which simulates the smoky conditions of a real fire, and the “flame” target, which enables children to put out a fire by aiming a hose at wooden flamelike features, will also be at the open house.

Firefighters will give visitors a tour of the station and coffee and doughnuts will be available. McCarthy said.

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