Public Safety Day is a first responder “open house” and community event featuring the fire, emergency medical service (EMS), police, K-9 and animal control departments on Sunday October 13th from 1 to 4 pm at the 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”. The Southbury Police, Southbury Ambulance Association and the Southbury Volunteer Firemen’s Association, Inc. and Southbury Animal Control have been invited and plan to be at the event.
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.
“Come meet the men and women first responders and learn what we do to protect the Town of Southbury 24/7,” explained Southbury Fire Chief Brian Warren. In addition, he noted the ambulance and fire departments are always looking for volunteers and residents are encouraged to learn about how they too can help serve their community.
The public can tour the equipment and watch the “live” demonstrations. At 2pm a rural water supply demonstration will be done with a water tanker to show how water is delivered to areas in town without fire hydrants. A vehicle extrication with fire and EMS personnel and apparatus will occur at 3pm.
The Public Safety Open House will include a “Safety Run Sheet” with several activity stations where participants will move to about 10 different stations to meet their local first responders and 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.
A very popular part of the annual safety program is a walk thru of 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) plus see a thermal imaging camera.
The fire department’s Ladies Auxiliary will be distributing free 9-volt batteries for smoke detector to promote “the change your clock, change your battery” campaign. Children will receive a prize package for participating and visiting the numerous event “stations.”
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.
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 25 members of the SVFA Ladies Auxiliary who work together to protect and serve our community. The fire department is celebrating their 87th anniversary, the Ladies Auxiliary is celebrating their 62th anniversary and the Junior Corp. is celebrating their 42th anniversary.
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 popular 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.