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Kid Zone - Fun Fire Department Facts

1. The Glendale Fire Department is the only fire department in the Valley to use yellow trucks. All other fire trucks in the Valley are red, white or lime green. The Glendale Fire Department began using yellow trucks in the 1970's because a study was done that revealed red trucks were harder to see on the roads. So, the chief at the time decided he wanted to make all of the trucks yellow because they were considered safer.

2. Which one is the nickname for Glendale Firefighters?
a) Care Bears
b) Fire Dogs
c) Yellow Jackets

The answer is "a." Glendale Firefighters have been nicknamed the Care Bears for several decades now, and it's because of their caring attitude toward the community.

3. Did you know that Glendale Firefighters have built three Habitat for Humanity Homes in Glendale? This is something the firefighters do in their off time as a way to give back to the community.

4. What are the names of the Glendale Fire Department SAFETY Clowns?
a) Flaco
b) Flash
c) All of the above

The answer is " c," all of the above. The SAFETY Clowns are firefighters who do a serious job of educating children through silly clown antics about fire safety.

5. The Glendale Fire Department began in 1912. It wasn't until the 1950's that the city hired its first full-time, paid fire chief. In the 1960's, the department was able to show a need to hire its first full-time firefighters.

6. When a firefighter is battling a fire, how hot are the flames? Usually around 1,800 degrees. So how hot is that? Remember, to bake a cake you set the oven to 375 degrees. So imagine walking into an oven that's five times as hot as the one you bake a cake in.

7. How heavy is the gear that firefighters wear when fighting a fire? It weighs about 80 pounds, which is about equal to the size of two first graders.

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