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Enjoy the activities at the 136th annual Iowa Firefighters Association Convention in Grinnell


Enjoy the activities at the 136th annual Iowa Firefighters Association Convention in Grinnell

More than 2,000 Iowa firefighters and their families are expected to converge on Grinnell September 3-7 for the 2014 Iowa Firefighters Association Convention. The annual convention provides an opportunity for Iowa firefighters to relax and unwind, and its family-friendly events also welcome Iowans of all ages.

As part of the slate of convention activities, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company will present a series of educational burn cell demonstrations at the Poweshiek County Fairgrounds in Grinnell on Wednesday, September 3, beginning at 6 p.m. The live burns will show how residential sprinkler systems can protect lives and property. Special investigators from Grinnell Mutual will emcee the event. Seating will be available and the public is invited to attend.

“The burn cells take place in three-sided 8 x 10 foot rooms. These are a safe way for local citizens and fire personnel alike to watch house fires up close and learn how quickly fire can develop,” said Alan Clark, assistant vice president of Special Investigations at Grinnell Mutual. “We encourage local families to come out for the event.”

Spectators are also invited to watch firefighter waterball (water fights) in Central Park on Thursday, September 4, at 11 a.m. followed by the “old timers” and women’s waterball on Friday, September 5, at 11 a.m.

On Saturday, September 6, the public is invited to attend a craft show for a $1 donation from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 4-H Building at the Poweshiek County Fairgrounds. An evening parade, featuring fire trucks from all eras, begins at 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of 4th Avenue and Penrose St.  From there, the parade route heads west along 4th Avenue to Central Park, turns north at Broad Street, turns west on 5th Avenue, turns south along Main Street, and turns east on 1st Avenue, before heading south on East Street. The parade ends at the convention campground, just south of the Poweshiek County Fairgrounds.

Following the parade, an awards ceremony will be held at the Grinnell Mutual Events Center at 8:30 p.m.  There nine Iowa fire departments will be presented with the Life Safety Achievement Award by Iowa Fire Marshal Jeff Quigle and Clark for developing effective fire prevention programs in their local communities. The Grinnell Mutual Events Center is located on the west side of the convention campgrounds and is open to registered firefighters only. Watch for a list of the Life Safety Achievement Award recipients.

The 2014 Iowa Firefighters Association Convention is hosted by the Grinnell Fire Department. Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company is the corporate sponsor of the event. Learn more at

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