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Customizable Resources



Use these various logos for T-shirts, hats, and other apparel. They can also be supplied to media outlets that may be doing a story about your open house.


8.5″ x 11″ Poster

Hang this poster up around the community – at gas stations, in grocery stores, at your dentist’s office, etc. – and in your department to encourage participation in this event.


11″ x 17″ Poster

Same drill as the 8.5 x 11″ poster: Hang it up all around town to draw attention to this great event.


Rack Card

Pass this card out to members of your community who might be interested in attending your open house! It serves as a handy reminder of the event.


Yard Sign

Place this sign in the front yard of your department to heighten community awareness about this event.


Large Format Banner

Hang this banner on the front of your department to advertise the big event to your community.


Web Banner Ads

Upload these banner ads to the homepage of your department’s website so that anyone checking out your site will find out about the event.


Facebook Cover Photo

Upload this image to the cover photo area of your department and/or personal Facebook pages


Promotional Checklist

Refer to this checklist to help you with ideas to promote your open house and spread awareness throughout your community about this event.

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Initial Planning

  • Organize an open house committee that meets frequently beginning at least two months before the open house is scheduled.
  • Consider having one individual responsible for each of the following areas  or delegating specific tasks to specific members for accountability sake.

Open House Promotion: Two Weeks Before

  • Put up yard signs and banners.
  • Submit a news article to your local newspaper.
  • Place flyers that reflect the excitement of firefighting and rescue service in stores, gas stations, and around your community.
  • Make arrangements to speak to or distribute flyers to members of Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions Clubs and your local Chamber of Commerce.


  • Target your local high schools: make arrangements for a table display early  in the week of your open house.

Set Up

  • Enlist members to ensure that the facilities and equipment are spotless.
  • Plan to offer refreshments, if feasible. People respond to free food and beverages.
  • Have visitors register for a drawing. Local businesses will donate gift certificates for pizza and other meals at their restaurants. Your hardware store may even offer a certificate for a reduced price on smoke detectors, which you can distribute to people attending the open house.

Open House Activities

  • Download Fire In You resource materials to show potential recruits during  your open house.
      For example: Hang up a Fire In You poster in your department; share the Fire In You brochure with potential recruits at your open house; and play the commercial while potential recruits are at your station during your open house.
  • Plan activities to provide both education and a hands-on experience that will stimulate interest in your visitors.
  • Direct a hand line with another member.
  • Show an extinguisher technique using a Bullex system.
  • Review the turnout gear and SCBA.
  • Demonstrate the Jaws of Life.
  • Have displays (fire police, etc.) showing their important role in the fire service.
  • Have people experience what it’s like to perform CPR chest compression techniques.
  • Host an electronic recycling event during your open house, which will draw plenty of traffic and can double as a fundraising opportunity.

After the Event

Success Stories