October is Fire Safety Month, and to mark the occasion the Oak Park Fire Department is hosting an open house from 1 to 4 p.m., Sat., Oct. 8 at the main fire station, 100 N. Euclid Ave. Oak Parkers of all ages can get up close to the equipment and talk to the firefighter/paramedics that help keep the community safe during the event, which will include tours, safety presentations, refreshments and safety handouts.
About the Department…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 addition to emergency services, the Oak Park Fire Department also provides a number of non-emergency programs for the community:
- 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 $25 for Oak Park residents, plus a $12 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.
For more information about the Oak Park Fire Department, visit www.oak-park.us/fire.