FIRE SAFETY EXPO PLANNED FOR SATUR­DAY

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Pete Ban­nan pban­nan@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com Pho­tog­ra­pher

DEVON >> It’s Fire Pre­ven­tion Week and Ber­wyn and Rad­nor Fire Com­pa­nies are host­ing a joint Fire Pre­ven­tion Expo for area res­i­dents. The expo will be held Satur­day af­ter­noon 3-6 p.m. on the grounds of the Devon Horse Show.

Ber­wyn Fire Chief Ea­mon Brazu­nas said in the past the two com­pa­nies have held their own demon­stra­tions but de­cided to join forces in teach­ing safety lessons.

“It’s the first time here, and we hope to have a pretty de­cent event,” said Brazu­nas. “We wanted to try to do some­thing off-site where park­ing isn’t a big is­sue. Devon is a good land­mark in the area that is vis­i­ble with park­ing.”

“Homes are where peo­ple are at great­est risk from fire which is why we’re em­pha­siz­ing that peo­ple of all ages learn fire safety,” said Brazu­nas. “Be­tween our two fire com­pa­nies, we re­spond to more than 1,600 fire and res­cue calls and over 4,300 med­i­cal calls per year in this area. We want to let peo­ple know that we’re here for them, but also give them the tools they need to pre­vent a fire in the first place.”

“Look Lis­ten Learn, Be aware fire can hap­pen any­where” is the Na­tional Fire Pro­tec­tion As­soci-

ation’s theme which will be in­cor­po­rated into the days ac­tiv­i­ties.

Brazu­nas said the expo is free to the pub­lic, and ac­tiv­i­ties will take place on the cor­ner of Dorsett and Lan­caster Ave. with bath­rooms in the fair grounds open to the pub­lic. Park­ing will be avail­able at the rear of the prop­erty accessible from Berkely road.

Among the ac­tiv­i­ties for the kids, there will be face paint­ing, a fire­house moon bounce, Rad­nor’s an­tique firetruck giv­ing rides, and free fire pre­ven­tion kits.

Rad­nor Fire Com­pany’s Aux­il­iary will be sell­ing hot dogs, pret­zels and drinks through­out the event.

“Our part­ner­ship with Ber­wyn Fire Com­pany for this fire pre­ven­tion expo al­lows us to bring more safety re­sources to the Main Line fam­i­lies we serve,” said Rad­nor Fire Chief, Joseph R. Maguire. “Our two com­pa­nies pro­vide mu­tual aid to each other through­out Rad­nor and Tredyf­frin and East­town town­ships. We are ex­cited to demon­strate what vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers do ev­ery day while bring­ing peo­ple the knowl­edge and aware­ness needed in emergency sit­u­a­tions.”

Fire­fight­ers will hold a num­ber of demon­stra­tions in­clud­ing ex­tin­guish­ing a car fire at 3:30, a sim­u­lated ve­hi­cle res­cue at 4 p.m with a pos­si­ble land­ing by Pennstar med­i­cal he­li­copter. Fol­low­ing that fire­fight­ers will put on a high an­gle res­cue drill fol­lowed by a sprin­kler demon­stra­tion in a largescale model home.

Fire­fight­ers will be demon­strat­ing how to use a home fire ex­tin­guisher to put out a stove fire.

In ad­di­tion to Ber­wyn and Rad­nor, de­part­ments from Paoli, Malvern, East and West White­land, Lionville, Swedes­burg Valley Forge, Bryn Mawr, Glad­wyne, Manoa, the Ch­ester County Hazmat Team will take part. Both Ch­ester and Delaware County Depart­ment of Emergency ser­vices will also be on lo­ca­tion.

“We’re hop­ing for a good crowd, the weather looks good,” said Brazu­nas.

PETE BAN­NAN - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

A fire­fighter pre­pares to ex­tin­guish a sim­u­lated house fire at Ber­wyn’s Fire Pre­ven­tion demon­stra­tion.

PETE BAN­NAN - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

Ber­wyn fire­fighter Michael Ford gets some help haul­ing a line dur­ing a high an­gle res­cue demon­stra­tion at Ber­wyn Fire Com­pany. Fire­fight­ers demon­strated a va­ri­ety of skills and taught fire safety skills to res­i­dents.

PETE BAN­NAN - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

A young­ster uses a fire ex­tin­guisher to put out a stove fire at Ber­wyn’s Fire Pre­ven­tion Demon­stra­tion.

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