The Chanhassen Fire Department has announced its decision to cancel the 2021 open house, due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in Carver County.
Instead, the department promotes fire safety through an interactive virtual learning video, available on the city’s website during the second week of October.
âWe recognize how disappointing it is,â said Fire Chief Don Johnson. âThis year, we were particularly looking forward to hosting our open house, however, the well-being of our community, staff and residents is the number one concern that drove our decision-making.â
The Fire Department Open House traditionally brings together community members, residents and families to support fire truck rides, hands-on training and live fire demonstrations. The virtual program allows viewers to see all of their favorite open houses, including a fire simulation, fire safety tips and more.
âOur top priority is the health and safety of our community, with special attention to the health and safety of our first responders,â said Laurie Hokkanen, City Manager of Chanhassen.
âAs the COVID-19 Delta variant begins to roll out, we believe the safest choice is to cancel our open house. Fire safety and awareness remains a priority and we are happy to be able to adapt and offer further educational opportunities, âsaid Hokkanen.