September 16, 2016, Southbury, CT
Southbury Public Safety Day - Open House, Saturday September 24th, 1-4pm
Fire, EMS, PD
SOUTHBURY - Public Safety Day is a first responder “open house” and community event featuring the fire, emergency medical service (EMS) and police departments on Saturday September 24th from 1 to 4 pm at the Southbury Center Firehouse, 461 Main Street South. The event is hosted by the Southbury Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Inc. (SVFA) and will be held rain or shine.
Public Safety Day will include personnel, vehicles and equipment that will be on display for kids of all ages to “see and touch” from the Southbury Police, Southbury Ambulance Association, Heritage Village Ambulance, Southbury Training School Fire Department, Newtown Underwater Search and Rescue and the Southbury Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Inc.
The annual program will have over a dozen emergency vehicles on public display including ambulances, police cruisers, rescue boats, 102’ ladder truck, heavy rescue, engines, tankers, brush truck, gator and more. In addition, over 30 emergency services personnel from local fire, police and ambulance organizations will be available to answer questions.
Fire Dept. members will be providing free food and beverages to the public and encourages people to “meet and greet” their first responders, tour the equipment and watch the “live” demonstrations.
“We encourage people to come out to Public Safety Day and meet their local Fire, EMS and PD - first responders and learn how they can help make our community safer,” stated Southbury Fire Chief Dan Tomascak. In addition, Chief Tomascak noted the ambulance and fire departments are always looking for qualified volunteers and recommended residents visit and learn how they can help serve their community.
Fire and EMS personnel will both be involved with a 2pm auto extrication. Several local residents have volunteered to be crash victims in this real-time demonstration using the “jaws of life” with the ambulance personnel treating and removing the “injured victims.”
The Public Safety Open House will include a “Safety Run Sheet” with several activity stations where participants will learn life safety skills. Many stations will have an activity including a “stop, drop, cover and roll” and “crawl low under the smoke” practice area. The fire department will also display ice rescue, confined space and firefighter gear, plus demonstrate the advantages of their thermal imaging cameras.
The fire department’s Ladies Auxiliary will be distributing free 9-volt batteries for smoke detectors to promote “the change your clock, change your battery” campaign. Children will receive a prize package for participating and visiting the numerous event “stations.”
A very popular part of the annual safety program is a walk thru the “smoke room” simulating realistic smoke conditions. Citizens can safely “see” that a fire is dark and not light (due to the thick smoke that frequently occurs in a non-ventilated fire environment blocking the fire and the natural light).
“Don’t Wait… Check the Date!” is the National Fire Protection Association’s 2016 official Fire Prevention theme. This year's NFPA campaign is designed to educate people about the importance of smoke alarms and encourages everyone to replace smoke alarms every 10 years and to take the steps to protect themselves from fire. Additional fire and life safety information is available at the NFPA web site at www.firepreventionweek.org. An educational, fun and interactive child oriented web site involving Sparky the Fire Dog is at www.sparky.org.
The Southbury Ambulance Association will be providing tours of their ambulances along with providing blood pressure readings, medical and safety information. Southbury Police will have a wide variety of tools and information available including radar, traffic enforcement equipment, along with public safety and drug awareness information.
Newtown Underwater Search and Rescue (NUSAR) will be participating with their rescue boats, equipment and personnel providing safety information.
The Southbury Volunteer Firemen’s Association Inc. (SVFA) has approximately 80 members, plus an additional dozen Junior Corp members (youth ages 14-17) plus almost 40 members of the SVFA Ladies Auxiliary who work together to protect and serve our community.
Kids of all ages will be treated to tours of the fire department’s engines, tankers, 102’ ladder tower, heavy rescue truck, and brush truck. Attendees will have the opportunity to shoot the brush truck fire nozzle at a target.
The programs are all free and open to the general public. Ample parking will be provided at the adjacent town hall parking lot and behind the firehouse. Please see the fire department’s website at www.southburyfire.com for additional department information including recent fire, apparatus and scene photos.
“We are looking forward to a large community participation for our Public Safety Open House,” explained Southbury Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Inc. Public Education Committee co-chair Brian Jones. “The men and women of the Southbury Emergency Services – police, fire and EMS - protect the community 24/7/365 and we hope the community comes to meet their first responders, experience the demonstrations, take a few pictures and learn how to protect themselves and their loved ones,” stated Mr. Jones.