October is Fire Safety Month, and to mark the occasion the Oak Park Fire Department is hosting an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 14 at the main fire station located at 100 N. Euclid Ave.
The event returns this year to allow residents of all ages to get up close to equipment and talk to the firefighter/paramedics who keep the community safe.
In addition to touching 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 and fun handouts.
To help supply local community blood centers, a Vitalant blood drive will be held during the open house.
Click here to register for the blood drive or find more information at www.oak-park.us/blooddrive.
About the Fire 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 fact, about 65% of calls to the Fire Department are for medical emergencies. In 2022, Oak Park’s firefighter/paramedics responded to more than 8,500 calls for fire and emergency medical services.
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. Visit www.oak-park.us/cpr for a registration form, list of class dates and information about class fees.
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.
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 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.