Clarendon Hills fire and police prepare for open house
Firefighter Kyle Laurinaitis, fire prevention officer Dave Godek and firefighter JR Hoffman prepare for the Oc.t 6, open house in Clarendon Hills. | James C. Svehla~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 5, 2012 6:59AM
CLARENDON HILLS — The Fire and Police departments are hosting their annual open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the fire station, 316 Park Ave.
The open house kicks off the Oct. 7-13 national Fire Prevention Week. The theme for the week is Have 2 Ways Out, which focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice.
“It is important to have a home fire escape plan that prepares your family to think fast and get out quickly when the smoke alarm sounds,” according to the National Fire Prevention Association. “What if your first escape route is blocked by smoke or flames? That’s why having two ways out is such a key part of your plan.”
Clarendon Hills Fire Department personnel also are promoting the Be Rabbit Ready: Know Two Ways Out video produced by the National Fire Prevention Association and featuring Sparky the Fire Dog. The video can be viewed online at http://www.nfpa.org/categoryList.asp?categoryID=2151&URL=Safety%20Information/Sparky%20News.
The open house at the fire station offers the opportunity for residents to meet members of the village’s departments, see fire equipment and tour the fire station. There will be a number of safety displays, and lunch will be served. The Hinsdale Fire Department is bringing its fire safety trailer.
“It really is a great opportunity for everyone to come out, learn some important things about safety, have some fun, and meet many of our firefighters and police officers,” said Dave Godek, fire prevention officer.
Godek said he is expecting 600 to 800 people.
Godek said other aspects of public safety would be a focus at this year’s open house.
“We’re also going to focus on things like not texting while driving, and on Halloween safety,” he said.
Firefighters are encouraging residents to participate in a blood drive being conducted during the open house.
Clarendon Hills is working with LifeSource on the blood drive. Registration to donate blood can be completed online at www.lifesource.com and entering code 422C.
Godek said donations will be made, based on the amount of donated blood, to the 100 Club, a 59-year-old organization that collects and disperses funds to surviving dependents of fallen firefighters and police officers, for special equipment, officer education, and for awards for outstanding officers and firefighters.