Sept. 28, 2017 - Oak Parkers young, old and in between with an interest in modern firefighting and emergency medical services should mark their calendars for Saturday, October 7. That’s when the Oak Park Fire Department will open its doors to the public for an open house.
The event, held in conjunction with national Fire Safety Month, is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the main fire station, 100 N. Euclid Ave.
Visitors will be able to get up close to the equipment and talk to the firefighter/paramedics that help keep the community safe.
In addition to touching all of the cool equipment essential to the mission of a modern fire department, the event also will include tours of the fire house, presentations about safety, refreshments and fun handouts.
Always on call, the Fire Department maintains three shifts of more than 20 trained professionals ready to provide around-the-clock protection to residents.
All Village firefighters also are paramedics, since delivering emergency medical services is an integral part of the fire department mission. In fact, about 65 percent of calls to the Fire Department are for medical emergencies.
In 2016, Oak Park’s firefighter/paramedics responded to more than 6,700 calls for fire and emergency medical services. They had another 6,700-plus citizen contacts related to public safety education, including CPR classes and visits to local schools.
The Oak Park Fire Department also provides a number of non-emergency programs for the community, including the following:
- CPR/AED, first aid training – The Fire Department offers a variety of life-saving classes including CPR and training in how to use an automated external defibrillator, or AED. Classes are held at the main fire station and cost $35 for Oak Park residents, plus a $15 textbook fee. Visit www.oak-park.us/safetytraining for a registration form and list of class dates.
- Child safety seat inspections – The Fire Department has child safety seat technicians available to check your seat for safety and proper installation. To schedule a safety inspection, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Each request for an appointment will be followed up within 48 hours.
- Fire prevention and inspections – Fire Department personnel inspect all public buildings and commercial establishments in Oak Park at least once a year to ensure safety. Inspections range from complex medical centers and high-rise residences for the elderly to traditional offices and shops. The Fire Department also reviews all building blueprints for fire alarm and sprinkler system installations prior to construction to ensure the systems meet or exceed current fire code regulations.
More information about the Oak Park Fire Department is posted online at www.oak-park.us/fire.