FIRE SAFETY EXPO PLANNED FOR SATURDAY
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.
A firefighter prepares to extinguish a simulated house fire at Berwyn’s Fire Prevention demonstration.
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.
A youngster uses a fire extinguisher to put out a stove fire at Berwyn’s Fire Prevention Demonstration.