Fire station tours are excellent opportunities for youngsters and adults to learn what is like to be a firefighter. Tours include a look at the fire trucks and various equipment that is used to help save lives and minimize property damage. You also get the opportunity to look at some of the gear that firefighters must use to protect themselves inside of a burning building.
Due to the nature of the fire and life safety business, firefighters are on-duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Therefore, they must train, exercise, eat, and sleep at the fire station. Many firefighters will tell you that a fire station is like a second home.
Tours are available upon request by contacting the Cedar Rapids Fire Department. You may telephone 319-286-5268 or 319-286-5277 to schedule a visit. Tours should have a minimum of 10 children and adults, and no more than 50 participants. In addition, you must schedule your request at least two weeks in advance.
To accommodate the many requests that we receive for tours, we ask that you limit the number of visits to one per calendar year.
We appreciate the opportunity to share the experience of being a professional firefighter and serving our community.
A word of caution - if you do not want your child to grow up and become a firefighter, you may not want to tour the fire station: Numerous children have made a career change after visiting one of our facilities!
Nicky Stansell or Julie Popelka
Public Education Division
713 1st Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401