What better way to celebrate the kick-off of Fire Prevention Month!?
The Peters Township Fire Department (PTFD) hosted its 7th Annual Open House as a “kick-off” to Fire Prevention Month (October) on Saturday, September 29. Attendance far surpassed expectations, as we welcomed nearly 600 township and surrounding residents to get a closer look at what we do at PTFD. The Open House has become a staple community event that children and parents look forward to year-round. Rather than meeting residents for the first time at a fire or medical emergency, the event was originated as a way to bring the community into our “house” and become familiar and comfortable with our tools, equipment, and most importantly, our team.
PTFD offered a total of 10 activities for children and adults to enjoy as well as learn about fire and life safety. Visitors had the opportunity to go through our Fire Safety House, a replica home built inside of an enclosed trailer, with a kitchen and bedroom simulation and safety training on what to do in the event of a fire. Firefighters also offered fire extinguisher training with real fire and educated the public on CPR and the need for smoke detectors in the home. Tours were offered of our fire apparatus, and our brand new 109′ Ladder Truck was showcased to the residents it serves. Many children returned to try their luck at the Kid’s Fire Safety Combat Challenge – an obstacle course designed to test even our toughest Junior Firefighter’s ability. To recuperate our tired Junior firefighters after their obstacle course, all of our guests were offered food, drinks, and dessert, prepared by PTFD’s finest cooks. Once their bellies were full, it was time for a “tattoo” by our incredible air-brush artist, Kevin. The highlight of the day came when our crews performed a live demonstration of the rescue of a patient entrapped inside of a vehicle.
We thank everyone who took time out of their day to spend a few hours with us. Often times, emergency personnel will only interact with someone on what more than likely is the worst day of their life. The opportunity to meet in a different setting is one that we value immensely, and reminds us of the wonderful people that we are here to serve. Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the last Saturday in September – we’ll see you next year!