Fire Department Open House this Saturday
After two pandemic years of shutdowns, the Birmingham Fire Department will host a family-friendly Open House event on Saturday, October 8, from 1-4 p.m. at Fire Stateion1, 572 S. Adams Road.
Attendees will learn how to operate a fire hose, try on a fire coat, view live fire demonstrations and learn all about fire safety.
Visitors will watch an EMS and vehicle extrication simulation with air bag deployments, along with HAZMAT apparatus and equipment. The community will also enjoy an up-close look at emergency vehicles and see Birmingham's first water pumping fire truck, all the way back from 1924.
The Michigan State Police Bomb Squad and a Birmingham police vehicle and officer will also be on site to display equipment and answer public safety questions. Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the second week in October in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, causing devastating damage.
"The Fire Department Open House gives members of the community an opportunity to see hands-on safety demonstrations, learn about the importance of fire safety and meet department members in a safe and fun atmosphere,” said fire marshal Jack Pesha.
Additional festivities include an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, a fire safety equipment raffle and more. Firehouse chili, hot dogs, treats and popcorn will also be served, courtesy of the Birmingham Fire Department.
"Fire prevention reminds us all about the importance of fire safety and how to prepare and prevent fires in the home and workplace. I encourage everyone to take the time to review and practice home escape plans with family members, check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and be diligent about fire safety. Fire safety is everyone's responsibility," said Pesha. “The Birmingham Fire Department is committed to its role in keeping our community safe and is available to answer questions regarding these topics and more.”